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hand-me-down Line breaks: hand-me-down
Pronunciation: /ˈhandmiːdaʊn/

Definition of hand-me-down in English:


(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
More example sentences
  • 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.
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