Definition of down and out in English:

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1(Of a person) without money, a job, or a place to live; destitute: a novel about being down and out in London
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  • We were not down and out or destitute, which is the picture some people have tried to paint.
  • It tells the story of a group of ancient, and very well preserved, martial arts masters - we're talking hundreds of years old here - living down and out on the fringes of a modern society that has passed their ways by.
  • But we should also find the E8 million needed for our down and out homeless in Britain.
destitute, poverty-stricken, impoverished, indigent, penniless, insolvent, impecunious, ruined, pauperized, without a penny to one's name, without two farthings/pennies to rub together;
needy, in need, in want, hard up, on the breadline, hard-pressed, in reduced/straitened circumstances, deprived, disadvantaged, distressed, badly off;
beggarly, beggared;
homeless, without a roof over one's head, on the streets, of no fixed abode/address, vagrant, sleeping rough, living rough;
unemployed, jobless, out of a job, workless, redundant, laid off, idle, between jobs
informal on one's uppers, up against it, broke, flat broke, strapped (for cash), without a brass farthing, without a bean, without a sou, as poor as a church mouse, on one's beam-ends
British informal stony broke, skint, boracic (lint), on the dole, signing on, ‘resting’
North American informal stone broke, without a red cent, on skid row
Australian informal on the wallaby track
formal penurious
2(Of a boxer) knocked down and unable to continue fighting.
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  • Vines rose only to be knocked down and out with another Spina right hand at 2: 19 of the fourth round.
  • It's just that after seeing so many other fighters go down and out from Tito's power, they couldn't believe their eyes when a fighter took them and fought back.
  • We didn't get to see if Rangel had any skills since the fight ended as soon as Judah connected with a big straight left that put Jaime down and out.
2.1(Of a competitor) facing certain defeat: behind, away from home, and down to 14 men, Kelso ought to have been down and out, but Jeffrey rallied his men
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  • The Noyna side looked down and out at 49-6 but skipper Lutz made 44 to put them back into the game.
  • Division One strugglers Odsal Sedbergh looked to be down and out when they trailed visitors Dodworth 34-0 after an hour's play.
  • He had given the Latics a half time lead then they looked down and out after being hit by three goals in 12 minutes just after the break.


(down-and-out) A person without money, a job, or a place to live: a hostel for down-and-outs
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  • These were not artisans as such, it was asserted, but down-and-outs, who lived at the margins, involved in street theft and other criminal activities.
  • Then he went to live among the down-and-outs in England and in Paris.
  • It's seen to be the place of the hobos, the real down-and-outs.
poor person, pauper, indigent, bankrupt, insolvent;
beggar, mendicant;
homeless person, vagrant, tramp, drifter, derelict, vagabond, person of no fixed address/abode, knight of the road, bird of passage, rolling stone;
unemployed person, job-seeker;
North American  hobo;
Australian  bagman, knockabout, overlander, sundowner, whaler;
New Zealand  streety
informal have-not, dosser, bag lady
North American informal bum, bindlestiff
Australian/New Zealand informal derro
South African informal outie
(down-and-outs) the poor, the destitute, the needy, the homeless, the unemployed

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