broken-down


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bro·ken-down

(brō′kən-doun′)
adj.
1. Not in working order.
2. In poor condition, as from old age; infirm.

broken-down

adj
1. worn out, as by age or long use; dilapidated: a broken-down fence.
2. not in working order: a broken-down tractor.
3. (Medicine) physically or mentally ill

bro′ken-down′



adj.
1. dilapidated or infirm, as from age.
2. out of working order, as from use or age.
[1810–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.broken-down - in deplorable conditionbroken-down - in deplorable condition; "a street of bedraggled tenements"; "a broken-down fence"; "a ramshackle old pier"; "a tumble-down shack"
damaged - harmed or injured or spoiled; "I won't buy damaged goods"; "the storm left a wake of badly damaged buildings"
2.broken-down - not in working order; "had to push the broken-down car"; "a broken-down tractor fit only for children to play on"
unserviceable - not ready for service; "unserviceable equipment may be replaced"

broken-down

adjective not in working order, old, worn out, out of order, dilapidated, not functioning, out of commission, on the blink (slang), inoperative, kaput (informal), in disrepair, on the fritz (U.S. slang) a broken-down car

broken-down

adjective
Showing signs of wear and tear or neglect:
Informal: tacky.
Slang: ratty.
Idioms: all the worse for wear, gone to pot, past cure.
Translations

broken-down

[ˈbrəʊkənˈdaʊn] ADJ [machine, car] → averiado, estropeado, descompuesto (Mex); [house] → destartalado, desvencijado

broken-down

[ˈbrəʊknˈdaʊn] adj (car) → in panne, rotto/a; (machine) → guasto/a, fuori uso; (house) → abbandonato/a, in rovina
References in classic literature ?
She must have looked ghostly enough, that broken-down steamer, rolling in that snowstorm - a dark apparition in a world of white snowflakes to the staring eyes of that whaler's crew.
I've been down in the mire for years, an utter scoundrel, a poor, weak, broken-down creature.
Some poor, broken-down horses, whose mouths have been made hard and insensible by just such drivers as these, may, perhaps, find some support in it; but for a horse who can depend upon his own legs, and who has a tender mouth and is easily guided, it is not only tormenting, but it is stupid.
There are men, too--wretched busybodies--who walk about merely to see if they can find some wretched tchinovnik or broken-down official who has got toes projecting from his boots or his hair uncut
A DAD'S terrifying 999 call captured the moment his family feared for their lives after their broken-down car was hit by a lorry on the M6.
A BROKEN-down tanker caused delays of up to two hours on the M62 yesterday.
A BROKEN-DOWN car brought A66 traffic to a standstill.
It bears no relation to the cost of recovering a broken-down vehicle and if other tunnels can provide such a service for a remarkably lower cost then there is no reason why the Mersey Tunnels can not.