down at the heel


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down-at-the-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-the-heel look by wearing second-hand clothing. John has been looking increasingly down-at-the-heel ever since he lost his job last year.

down at the heel

/heels
1. With the heel worn down. Used of shoes.
2. Shabby or poor in appearance.
See also: down, heel
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The pair he was wearing were worn down at the heel from weeks on the campaign trail.
Which is why, when we start to feel down at the heel, we'll still hoof it over to Jim the Shoe Doctor and visit owner Mike Summers.
You must have noticed how alarmingly bedraggled and generally down at the heel some of the AMs have been looking recently as they eke out their coppers in a constant struggle to make ends meet.
Instead of walking on the tips of her toes like a ballerina, she's down at the heel - a sure sign of trouble.
Now he's lifting the lid on who's top-to-toe perfect and who's down at the heel in a new book called The Sole of a Shoemaker.
Recently it has gotten a bit down at the heels, and the area developed a reputation for a high rate of crime along its poorly lit streets.
I thought he was down to earth, but later he turned out to be someone who was down at the heels and down and out.
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6) Historic storefronts give Hilo a distinctive look, but one finds the city a bit down at the heels.
Although Frumkin characterizes the hotel at that time as being "rather down at the heels, "Saul remembers it as ritzy and impresive.