down-at-the-heels

• down-at-heel
• down-at-the-heel
• down-at-the-heels
adj
Poorly kept up or dressed shabby; not neat; sloppy.

John is always down-at-the-heels, but his sister is always very neat.

Old houses sometimes look down-at-the-heel.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • down-at-the-heels — adjective see down at heel * * * (also down at the heel or down at heel) adj. (of a person, thing, or place) showing signs of neglect and deterioration; shabby a down at the heels house * * * (chiefly US) (or chiefly Brit …   Useful english dictionary

  • down-at-the-heels — or down at heel; also down at the heel or down at heels adjective Date: 1732 shabby …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • down-at-the-heel — • down at heel • down at the heel • down at the heels adj Poorly kept up or dressed shabby; not neat; sloppy. John is always down at the heels, but his sister is always very neat. Old houses sometimes look down at the heel …   Словарь американских идиом

  • down at the heel — Synonyms and related words: beat up, bedraggled, beggared, beggarly, bereaved, bereft, blowzy, careless, chintzy, deprived, dilapidated, disadvantaged, dowdy, down at heel, down at the heels, drabbletailed, draggled, draggletailed, fleeced,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • down-at-the-heel — adjective see down at the heels …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Down on the Upside — Studio album by Soundgarden Released May 21, 1996 …   Wikipedia

  • To cool the heels — Heel Heel, n. [OE. hele, heele, AS. h[=e]la, perh. for h[=o]hila, fr. AS. h[=o]h heel (cf. {Hough}); but cf. D. hiel, OFries. heila, h[=e]la, Icel. h[ae]ll, Dan. h[ae]l, Sw. h[ a]l, and L. calx. [root]12. Cf. {Inculcate}.] 1. The hinder part of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To have the heels of — Heel Heel, n. [OE. hele, heele, AS. h[=e]la, perh. for h[=o]hila, fr. AS. h[=o]h heel (cf. {Hough}); but cf. D. hiel, OFries. heila, h[=e]la, Icel. h[ae]ll, Dan. h[ae]l, Sw. h[ a]l, and L. calx. [root]12. Cf. {Inculcate}.] 1. The hinder part of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To show the heels — Heel Heel, n. [OE. hele, heele, AS. h[=e]la, perh. for h[=o]hila, fr. AS. h[=o]h heel (cf. {Hough}); but cf. D. hiel, OFries. heila, h[=e]la, Icel. h[ae]ll, Dan. h[ae]l, Sw. h[ a]l, and L. calx. [root]12. Cf. {Inculcate}.] 1. The hinder part of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lay by the heels — phrasal 1. : to seize and imprison : capture 2. : to cause the downfall of : bring down : overtake Romanticism … proceeded to hold the field till it was laid by the heels by naturalism Edmund Wilson * * * lay by the heels …   Useful english dictionary


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