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down-and-out

[doun-uh nd-out, -uh n] /ˈdaʊn əndˈaʊt, -ən/
adjective
1.
without any money, or means of support, or prospects; destitute; penniless.
2.
without physical strength or stamina; disabled; incapacitated.
3.
too physically weakened by repeated defeats to qualify as a competent professional boxer.
noun
4.
Also, down-and-outer. a person who is down-and-out.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for down-and-out

down-and-out

adjective
1.
without any means of livelihood; impoverished and, often, socially outcast
noun
2.
a person who is destitute and, often, homeless; a social outcast or derelict
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