down-at-the-heels

down-at-the-heels

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-heels look by wearing second-hand clothing. John has been looking increasingly down-at-the-heels ever since he lost his job last year.
References in classic literature ?
Zeena came into the room with her dragging down-at-the-heel step, and quietly took her accustomed seat between them.
A down-at-the-heels advertising copywriter when he hit on the idea, he originally meant it as a joke.
What was around in those days, before Times Square became a haven for tourists toting shopping bags from the M&M's store, was a down-at-the-heels neighborhood of working dancers, actors, singers and musicians.
Of the dozens of characters flying in and out of frame, the strongest impressions are made by Dada Chan as "Popping Candy," a busty starlet with an unusual gift, and Matt Chow as Blackie Tak, a down-at-the-heels director who runs a gambling den with childcare facilities.
Alas, this sweet spot soon soured as the proximity of noisy neighbors, and the general down-at-the-heels aura of the town of Guerneville, prodded my restless spirit to action.
Every day we read in the newspaper about the woes and future of the down-at-the-heels section of our main street known as Mid-Market.
No sensible young girl wants to stay in Gypsum, Missouri, especially the down-at-the-heels neighborhood the rich kids call Trashtown.
I like a genuinely depraved, down-at-the-heels town, wait staff with vacant eyes, the whole suffused by a pervasive sense of despair.
On 26th Street West in Bradenton, a short block north of Cortez Road, look for a down-at-the-heels strip center anchored at its south end by a diamond in the rough.
Kratchman reworked the overall character of the existing, down-at-the-heels building, giving his client-family a "new," elegant, upper Madison Avenue-style, single-family townhouse mansion, now consisting of six floors plus a usable, excavated cellar, stretching the building from three to six floors and increasing the usable living space from 4,400 to 6,670 s/f.
With Teddy, it was like being stuck next to a lonely person on a plane, or in his down-at-the-heels case it would be a bus, and having to listen to story after story about his life in show business.
The new building also functions as an aspirational object in a down-at-the-heels part of town: It is intended to represent the possibility of a richer (intellectually or otherwise) life to the adults and children who will use it every day.
TWO MEN share a drink in a well-appointed study; one is clearly prosperous, the other down-at-the-heels.
The down-at-the-heels salesman is not conspicuous, even among the passing suits and fashionable women, for there are other vendors under the elevated railway, a nether region of greasy spoons and the hard-up, a penumbra fringing the great white way of Ginza.
firm, Moore has renovated many down-at-the-heels houses in the Northern Virginia area and brought them into the 2ist century.