- 1(Of a person) without money, a job, or a place to live; destitute: a novel about being down and out in LondonMore example sentences
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-endsNorth American • informal stone broke, without a red cent, on skid rowAustralian • informal on the wallaby track• formal penurious
- 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.
- 2(Of a boxer) knocked down and unable to continue fighting.More example sentences
- 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 menMore example sentences
- 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.
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- (down-and-out) A person without money, a job, or a place to live: a hostel for down-and-outsMore example sentences
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, whalerAustralian/New Zealand • informal derroSouth African • informal outie(down-and-outs) the poor, the destitute, the needy, the homeless, the unemployed
- 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.