down-at-heel

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down-at-heel

Having a worn out, shabby, or cheap appearance, as due to poverty or overuse. A lot of so-called hipsters try to affect a down-at-heel look, a sort of "shabby-chic" appearance out of second-hand clothing. John has been looking increasingly down-at-heel ever since he lost his job last year.

down-at-heel

  (British, American & Australian) also down-at-the-heel (American)
badly dressed or in a bad condition because of a lack of money When I first met her she was down-at-heel but still respectable. The play was set in a down-at-heel hotel in post-war Germany.