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or down-at-the-heel, down-at-heels, down-at-the-heels

[doun-uh t-heel] /ˈdaʊn ətˈhil/
of a shabby, run-down appearance; seedy:
He is rapidly becoming a down-at-heel drifter and a drunk.
Origin of down-at-heel
1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A pair of down-at-heel slippers—dear to the country printer—completed his negligee.

  • She looked complacently down at her stubby little feet in their down-at-heel beaded slippers.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
  • What a tousled-haired, down-at-heel, out-at-elbows Clerkenwell exile!

    Nights in London Thomas Burke
  • Her bedroom slippers were still so new and pretty that it was impossible to picture them down-at-heel.

    Married August Strindberg
  • There were two or three buckeens in the hall, and Darby and one of the down-at-heel serving-boys were laying the evening meal.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • He was a dandy—fop—macaroni—toff—whatever you choose, too; in a tarnished and down-at-heel way.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • Most of these haciendas, at any rate those deep in the country, have a very shabby and down-at-heel appearance.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • The train was running over the malarial-looking sea-plain—past the down-at-heel palm trees, past the mosque-looking buildings.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • But you do want that less obtrusive variety which prevents them from appearing unkempt, "down-at-heel" etc.

    A Letter Book George Saintsbury
  • At that moment entered Félicien Garbure, a down-at-heel elderly man, who had been wont to sit at Paragot's table.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke

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