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down-at-the-heels

Syllabification: down-at-the-heels
Pronunciation: /ˌdounətT͟Həˈhēlz
 
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(also down-at-the-heel or down-at-heel)

Definition of down-at-the-heels in English:

adjective

Showing signs of neglect and deterioration; shabby: a down-at-the-heels house
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  • So, Gar ’, I ask, affecting a little down-at-the-heels bonhomie, do you buy a monthly pass, or just purchase tickets as needed?
  • Dad had recently retired after a lifetime as a journalist, and the whole family joined them at a slightly down-at-the-heels resort in the White Mountains that offered a shaggy nine-hole golf course out back.
  • It's everything you like about tiki bars, plus everything you like about not having to leave the realness of the inner city, and it even has a comfy old-style Minneapolis down-at-the-heels quality.

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Pronunciation: ˈtɛnɪbrəs
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dark; shadowy or obscure