down-at-the-heel


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down-at-heel

(doun′ət-hēl′) or down-at-the-heel (-ət-thə-)
adj.
1. Worn out from long use or neglect; dilapidated.
2. Shabbily dressed because of poverty; seedy.
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down-at-heel

or down-at-the-heel
adjective
Showing signs of wear and tear or neglect:
Informal: tacky.
Slang: ratty.
Idioms: all the worse for wear, gone to pot, past cure.
References in classic literature ?
Zeena came into the room with her dragging down-at-the-heel step, and quietly took her accustomed seat between them.
This is Blue Book #2, one of thirty-six untitled images in "Blue Book," 2009, Dayanita Singh's series of photographs of industrial sites and deserted, down-at-the-heel interiors swaddled in shades of .
The once down-at-the-heel range has been given a new lease of life - not least with the arrival of the Colt supermini.
But yes, there is an argument for Bradley, and here it is: While Bradley claims to represent a "new politics," the truth is, he sounds more like an old-fashioned Democrat, concerned about those down-at-the-heel constituencies the New Dems abandoned years ago.
At least two pairs of well-fitting, low-heeled work shoes; not worn, misshapen, down-at-the-heel old street or dress footwear.
In a sense we got the Q-1 by throwing parts away," says Fremont president Paul Rothschild, who with associate Donald Smith and Rona Rothschild (married to Paul) bought Fremont four and a half years ago as a profitable but down-at-the-heel maker of toys, and auto and drainage parts.
Downtown was gilded, bustling, and dignified; Westside was down-at-the-heel.
Italian theater star Giorgio Albertazzi holds center stage in sweating, battered close-ups as a down-at-the-heel Neapolitan attorney who finds new motivation to practice his profession when he takes on a difficult case of social injustice.
A down-at-the-heels advertising copywriter when he hit on the idea, he originally meant it as a joke.
What was around in those days, before Times Square became a haven for tourists toting shopping bags from the M&M's store, was a down-at-the-heels neighborhood of working dancers, actors, singers and musicians.
Of the dozens of characters flying in and out of frame, the strongest impressions are made by Dada Chan as "Popping Candy," a busty starlet with an unusual gift, and Matt Chow as Blackie Tak, a down-at-the-heels director who runs a gambling den with childcare facilities.
Alas, this sweet spot soon soured as the proximity of noisy neighbors, and the general down-at-the-heels aura of the town of Guerneville, prodded my restless spirit to action.