down-at-heel

[ doun-uh t-thuh-heelz or doun-uh t-thuh-heel ]SEE DEFINITION OF down-at-heel
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Its latter days were dreary, down-at-heel, and disreputable enough.

What a tousled-haired, down-at-heel, out-at-elbows Clerkenwell exile!

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.

Nothing swept and garnished; nothing evincing one grain of past or present reverence—a down-at-heel indifferent idolatry.

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

Her bedroom slippers were still so new and pretty that it was impossible to picture them down-at-heel.

In the house he wore slippers, which seemed always old and down-at-heel.

Seedy and down-at-heel, they lounge about the cafés and hotels frequented by English travellers.

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

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

WORD ORIGIN

of a dog, "to follow or stop at a person's heels," 1810, from heel (n.1). Also cf. heeled.

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