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[doun-uh nd-out, -uh n] /ˈdaʊn əndˈaʊt, -ən/
without any money, or means of support, or prospects; destitute; penniless.
without physical strength or stamina; disabled; incapacitated.
too physically weakened by repeated defeats to qualify as a competent professional boxer.
Also, down-and-outer. a person who is down-and-out.
Origin of down-and-out
1885-90, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But that was nothin' to the down-and-out slump I found him in next night, when I goes around for my writin' lesson and so on.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • I'm on my uppers for fair this time—eligible for the down-and-out club.

    The Easiest Way Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
  • There was business to be managed—no dillydallying in this day and generation, unless one would join the down-and-out club!

    Making People Happy Thompson Buchanan
  • Or by bold combinations: down-and-out, up-state, flat-footed.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • Fane spoke up languidly: "It rather looks as though we were the down-and-out delegation at present; doesn't it, Orchil?"

    The Younger Set Robert W. Chambers
  • Of course Garrison had been to the dogs during the past year—what down-and-out jockey has not gone there?

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • And the speculators on the inside graduate to the down-and-out class if they play long enough.

    Evening Round Up William Crosbie Hunter
British Dictionary definitions for down-and-out


without any means of livelihood; impoverished and, often, socially outcast
a person who is destitute and, often, homeless; a social outcast or derelict
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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