of a shabby, run-down appearance; seedy: He is rapidly becoming a down-at-heel drifter and a drunk.
Also, down-at-the-heel, down-at-heels, down-at-the-heels.

1695–1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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They have kept it in sparkling condition, and primped some slightly down-at-heel rooms with subtle redecoration.
Eliza returns with a pair of large down-at-heel slippers.
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