down-at-heel


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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.
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Down-at-heel boozers where sad men drink themselves into oblivion are certainly no place for children, and perhaps that's what Wetherspoon pubs aspire to be.
But even the down-at-heel seemed pleasant in this city.
Louis Malle's eponymous 1980 film evinced a more gritty European verite, capturing a bittersweet sense of melancholic despair and a down-at-heel town living on past glories.
Ushering the visitor into the main gallery space was another customized down-at-heel stick of furniture, Lucia Nogueira's Untitled, 1992, made up of two buckled shelves, three nails, and a pushpin.
It tells the story of down-at-heel Bunnington WI, where dwindling membership means they can barely afford the hall, let alone a decent speaker.
Do I SOUND like the type of man who would spend his time alone in some down-at-heel London hotel room buying services of THAT apparent nature?
as a down-at-heel 50-year-old who walked out on The Beatles in 1962.
Hoping to exploit the land for the potentially dangerous process of fracking, the duplicitous duo seek to take advantage of the need and greed of the down-at-heel townsfolk for the benefit of their billion-dollar employers.
Instead of showing the region in its Sunday best, they opt for down-at-heel council estates, unmarried mums on benefits, and the quietly spoken charms of the Bigg Market on a Friday night.
Last year, Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane helped wipe over the whole lot after claiming it had been the subject of much negative media attention and perpetuated an image of Rhyl's as down-at-heel and impoverished.
Puffing on a cigarette outside the Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals yesterday, soap star Ricky Groves looked like he'd be more at home in down-at-heel Albert Square than in the glitz and glamour of the ballroom world.
Several boardedup venues have attracted criti-cisfor giving Broad Street a down-at-heel appearance.
Knowles visited New York's Phoenix House for the research and was moved to tears as she watched down-at-heel drug abusers go through detox misery after hitting rock bottom at the Phoenix House centre in Brooklyn, New York.
PAUL WELLER - LIVE AT THE BBC SOME will be daunted by the amount on offer here - there's four CDs - but rather than being extraneous, such a wealth of music offers a clear insight into Weller's transition from down-at-heel musician, still licking his wounds from The Style Council's demise, to where he stands now.
An imaginative scheme, with housing and retail, will help to transform a particularly down-at-heel part of Birmingham and provide fresh ammunition for the council to refute criticism that regeneration on the edges of the city centre has slowed to a snail's pace.