down-and-out


down-and-out
down-and-outs
ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n
If you describe someone as down-and-out, you mean that they have no job and nowhere to live, and they have no real hope of improving their situation.

...a short story about a down-and-out advertising copywriter...

He looked unshaven, shabby, and down-and-out.

Syn:
N-COUNT
Down-and-out is also a noun. [BRIT]

...some poor down-and-out in need of a meal... They are both down-and-outs, sleeping under the city's oldest bridge.


English dictionary. 2008.

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