Definition of down-at-the-heels in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdounətT͟Həˈhēlz/
(also down-at-the-heel or down-at-heel)


1(Of a shoe) with the heel worn down.
Example sentences
  • 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
1.1Showing signs of neglect and deterioration; shabby: a down-at-the-heels house
More example sentences
  • So, Gar ’, I ask, affecting a little down-at-the-heels bonhomie, do you buy a monthly pass, or just purchase tickets as needed?
  • Dad had recently retired after a lifetime as a journalist, and the whole family joined them at a slightly down-at-the-heels resort in the White Mountains that offered a shaggy nine-hole golf course out back.
  • It's everything you like about tiki bars, plus everything you like about not having to leave the realness of the inner city, and it even has a comfy old-style Minneapolis down-at-the-heels quality.

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Syllabification: down-at-the-heels

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