Definition of down at heel in English:
1(Of a shoe) with the heel worn down.
- On the other hand, you could write, of the same individual: His shoes were down-at-heel and his raincoat was streaked with dirt.
- Chinese servants should not (strictly speaking) appear before their masters in short clothes, nor without socks, nor with shoes down at heel, nor with their tail tied round the head.
- Make sure your shoes are well polished and not down-at-heel
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