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dog-eared Folded over or down, as the corner of a page in a book; used, worn, shabby. The term obviously derives from the fact that such a flap resembles a dog’s ear. Since a book with many such pages has been read and acquired a shabby appearance in the process, the word dog-eared takes on its secondary ‘used, worn’ meaning.
down-at-the-heel See POVERTY.
like a dog’s breakfast Sloppy, messy, disheveled, unkempt; showing little taste or style. This British colloquial expression means the opposite of like a dog’s dinner. Why a canine’s breakfast is associated with sloppiness and a canine’s dinner with neatness and style is left unexplained.
|Noun||1.||shabbiness - a lack of elegance as a consequence of wearing threadbare or dirty clothing|
inelegance - the quality of lacking refinement and good taste
raggedness - shabbiness by virtue of being in rags
|2.||shabbiness - an unjust act|