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down–at–the–heels

adjective

Simple Definition of down–at–the–heels

  • : looking or seeming cheap or poor and dirty or worn

Full Definition of down–at–the–heels

  1. :  shabby

1732

First Known Use of down–at–the–heels

1732

Variants of down–at–the–heels

or down–at–heel also down–at–the–heel or down–at–heels


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