Definition of hand-me-down in English:

hand-me-down

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noun

(usually hand-me-downs)
  • A garment or other item that has been passed on from another person: a party of refugee children, kitted out in their ill-fitting hand-me-downs [as modifier]: hand-me-down furniture
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    • One boy is tanned and shiny from the water, but most of the rest have gangly, pale, mottled bodies; they are wearing baggy underwear or ill-fitting hand-me-downs.
    • I had a couple more shirts now - hand-me-downs from Ray and Johnny - but I still had the same four pairs of basketball shorts.
    • While the others were given new clothes and shoes, she was dressed in ill-fitting hand-me-downs and old shoes.
    Synonyms
    second-hand, used, nearly new, handed-down, passed-on, cast-off, worn, old, pre-owned
    British informal reach-me-down

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