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broken-down

[broh-kuh n-doun] /ˈbroʊ kənˈdaʊn/
adjective
1.
shattered or collapsed, as with age; infirm.
2.
having given way with use or age; out of working order:
a broken-down chair.
Origin of broken-down
1810-1820
1810-20
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  • "Those look about my size," said he, comparing them with his own broken-down cowhide boots.

    With Sully into the Sioux Land Joseph Mills Hanson
  • In her broken-down green wedgies she clattered toward the door.

    Sorry: Wrong Dimension Ross Rocklynne
  • And what disgraceful, broken-down saloon surroundings are about the Capitol building!

    Ginger-Snaps Fanny Fern
  • A broken-down, retired Russian official was to be found there sometimes in the evening.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • Long hours or unsanitary surroundings meant spoiled material and broken-down machinery and resultant delay.

    Some War-time Lessons Frederick P. (Frederick Paul) Keppel
British Dictionary definitions for broken-down

broken-down

adjective
1.
worn out, as by age or long use; dilapidated: a broken-down fence
2.
not in working order: a broken-down tractor
3.
physically or mentally ill
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