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: physically weakened or incapacitated
down-and-out noun
or down-and-outer

Examples of down-and-out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Based on Candice Fox’s best-selling Crimson Lake novels, Troppo stars Jane as a down-and-out ex-cop Ted Conkaffey, who teams up with Amanda Pharell (Chamoun), an eccentric small-town private investigator to find out who murdered a local tech pioneer. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Nov. 2023 To round out the character’s down-and-out image, the movie gives the fictional Rongen a drinking problem and hot temper that the real, exceedingly amiable Rongen didn’t possess. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 Twenty-four years ago, a minister to the down-and-out of Des Moines took a mid-career leap into the unknown, moving his growing family west to become pastor for poverty outreach at a Pasadena church. Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2023 On a recent afternoon in the Tenderloin, a gritty district of sidewalk encampments and open-air drug dealing, Mr. Moore and I walked by immigrant mothers shepherding their children past the down-and-out residents splayed on sidewalks. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2023 Danny and the Deep Blue Sea Making her stage debut, the dame of deadpan, Aubrey Plaza, will star opposite Christopher Abbott in John Patrick Shanley’s classic down-and-out love story this October at the Lucille Lortel Theater in the West Village. Christopher Barnard, Vogue, 3 Aug. 2023 What makes Blood for Dust work is the sleek filmmaking, as well as McNairy’s sad and slippery portrayal of a down-and-out nobody who decides crime is the only thing that pays. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 June 2023 Murdoch starts listening to his father’s heavy metal albums, dressing in his clothes, rebelling against hockey stardom and running with a down-and-out biker gang. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of down-and-out was in 1894

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“Down-and-out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/down-and-out. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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