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come down in the world

To lose one's wealth or social status. In the early 20th century, a respected woman in high society dramatically came down in the world if she got divorced.
See also: come, down, world
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

come down in the world

to lose one's social position or financial standing. Mr. Jones has really come down in the world since he lost his job. If I were unemployed, I'm sure I'd come down in the world, too.
See also: come, down, world
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

come down in the world

OLD-FASHIONED
If someone has come down in the world, they are not as rich as they used to be and have a lower social status. Young women of middle class families which had come down in the world also found work in the upper ranges of domestic service. Jorg was behind the wheel, accompanied by Thomas, another Berliner who had come down in the world.
See also: come, down, world
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

come/go ˈdown/ˈup in the world

become less/more successful; become poorer/richer: Since she left Harvard she’s gone down in the world.
See also: come, down, go, up, world
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