down at 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-heel look, a sort of "shabby-chic" appearance out of second-hand clothing. John has been looking increasingly down-at-heel ever since he lost his job last year.

down at heel

1 (of a shoe) with the heel worn down. 2 (of a person, place, or thing) with a poor, shabby appearance.
See also: down, heel

ˌdown at ˈheel

(of somebody’s appearance) looking poor: Since he lost his job, he has begun to look rather down at heel.
This idiom refers to the worn heels of old shoes.
See also: down, heel
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Brooklynn Prince gives a wonderfully uninhibited performance as a six year old left to run riot around her down at heel motel home during the summer holidays.
The Photo ARTHRITIC fingers carefully clutch the tattered photo Invoking a painful memory from those days so long ago The gloss on the hair of the girl Like the down on a raven's wing Soft brown eyes look trustingly Though they cannot see a thing Tortured things of that terrible place They'd shared together so long ago "Why was I allowed to live" he cried When she was sacrificed and died Just because of her Jewish faith Now, old, crippled down at heel Nowhere warm to lay my head A cardboard box for my nightly bed No longer her lover, her blue-eyed boy by Lil Bordessa
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These weirdos are no longer poor and down at heel, they are paid enormous salaries and get vast media attention.
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