in the gutter

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*in the gutter

Fig. [of a person] in a low state; poor and homeless. (*Typically: be ~; fall [into] ~; put some-one [into] ~.) You had better straighten out your life, or you'll end in the gutter. His bad habits put him into the gutter.
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in the gutter

Appropriate to or from a squalid, degraded condition. For example, The language in that book belongs in the gutter. An antonym, out of the gutter, means "away from vulgarity or sordidness," as in That joke was quite innocent; get your mind out of the gutter. This idiom uses gutter in the sense of "a conduit for filthy waste." [Mid-1800s]
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A downpipe can be blocked near the top, in which case water will be spilling out of the gutter, or further down, with water coming out of one of the joints in the downpipe.
Insects and animals are effectively shut out of the gutter, so there's no place to live and breed.
LeafFilter(TM) Gutter Guards keep debris out of the gutters, allowing water to flow freely and homeowners to never again worry about clogged gutters.
New alleys have glow-in-the-dark balls and pins for late-night bowling, kid-friendly bumpers that keep balls out of the gutters and monitors that play funky messages when bowlers roll a strike.