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run-down

[ruhn-doun] /ˈrʌnˈdaʊn/
adjective
1.
fatigued; weary; exhausted.
2.
in a state of poor health:
He was in a run-down condition from months of overwork.
3.
in neglected condition; fallen into disrepair:
a run-down house.
4.
(of a spring-operated device) not running because it is unwound.
Origin of run-down
1675-1685
1675-85; adj. use of verb phrase run down
Synonyms
3. seedy, tacky, shabby, deteriorated.
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adj.

1866, of persons, with reference to health, from verbal phrase, from run (v.) + down (adv.). From 1896 of places; 1894 of clocks. Earliest sense is "oppressed" (1680s).

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