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reach-me-down

[reech-mee-doun]
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noun, adjective British.
  1. hand-me-down.
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Origin of reach-me-down

First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for reach-me-down

Historical Examples

  • It is like buying a reach-me-down suit, which I have never done.

    Dodo's Daughter

    E. F. Benson

  • Every reach-me-down that had been hanging these twenty years flapped about their limbs, hindering their progress.

    The Cathedral

    Joris-Karl Huysmans

  • And you come to me stinkin' of beer in a reach-me-down overcoat, and pretend you be the law!

    Shining Ferry

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • A drama conceived in this reach-me-down fashion will scarcely have the breath of life in it.

    Play-Making

    William Archer


British Dictionary definitions for reach-me-down

reach-me-down

noun informal
    1. (often plural)a garment that is cheaply ready-made or second-hand
    2. (as modifier)reach-me-down finery
  1. (plural) trousers
  2. (modifier) not original; derivative; stalea stock of reach-me-down ideas
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