go down in the world

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go down in the world

To lose one's wealth or social status. In the early 20th century, a respected woman in high society dramatically went down in the world if she got divorced.
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go (or come) down in the world

drop in status, especially by becoming poorer.
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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.
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