Definition of down at heel in English:

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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
2Having a poor, shabby appearance: down-at-heel areas
More example sentences
  • Had I gone at 17 I have no doubt I would have been staying in a down-at-heel guest house.
  • Both are better bets than the rather down-at-heel Caruso Belvedere.
  • Vince Vaughn is Peter, a likeable slacker who runs the down-at-heel Average Joe's Gym.
run down, dilapidated, in disrepair, neglected, uncared-for, unmaintained, depressed;
seedy, insalubrious, squalid, sleazy, slummy, seamy, sordid, dingy, mean, wretched
informal crummy, scruffy, scuzzy, grungy
British informal grotty
North American informal shacky, skanky
scruffy, shabby, shabbily dressed, poorly dressed, shoddy, ragged, out at elbows, tattered, mangy, sorry, disreputable;
unkempt, bedraggled, messy, dishevelled, ungroomed, ill-groomed, sleazy, seedy, slatternly, untidy, slovenly;
dirty, squalid, filthy
British informal grotty
North American informal raggedy

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