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run-down

[ruhn-doun]
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adjective
  1. fatigued; weary; exhausted.
  2. in a state of poor health: He was in a run-down condition from months of overwork.
  3. in neglected condition; fallen into disrepair: a run-down house.
  4. (of a spring-operated device) not running because it is unwound.
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Origin of run-down

First recorded in 1675–85; adj. use of verb phrase run down

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3. seedy, tacky, shabby, deteriorated.
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for run-down

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  • You've got no business in a run-down place like this— you with your fine clothes and your fine airs.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • It's the sleaziest, cheapest, most run-down tenement in one hemisphere, but I love it.

    Starman's Quest

    Robert Silverberg

  • We are compelled to make our living and hers out of this run-down farm.

    Dorothy at Skyrie

    Evelyn Raymond

  • The run-down farm was a hopeless sideline that supported the family.

    God's Green Country

    Ethel M. Chapman

  • Her trouble is a run-down, but the serious complication is her lungs.


Word Origin and History for run-down

adj.

1866, of persons, with reference to health, from verbal phrase, from run (v.) + down (adv.). From 1896 of places; 1894 of clocks. Earliest sense is "oppressed" (1680s).

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