down-and-out

adjective Date: 1901 1. destitute, impoverished 2. physically weakened or incapacitated • down-and-out or down-and-outer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • down-and-out — adj. 1. impoverished; usually implying a state of dejection as well. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] 2. physically weak. Syn: down and out. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • down-and-out — n. a person who is destitute; as, he tried to help the down and out. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • down-and-outer — noun see down and out …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • In and out — In In, adv. 1. Not out; within; inside. In, the preposition, becomes an adverb by omission of its object, leaving it as the representative of an adverbial phrase, the context indicating what the omitted object is; as, he takes in the situation (i …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To go in and out — Go Go, v. i. [imp. {Went} (w[e^]nt); p. p. {Gone} (g[o^]n; 115); p. pr. & vb. n. {Going}. Went comes from the AS, wendan. See {Wend}, v. i.] [OE. gan, gon, AS. g[=a]n, akin to D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. g[=e]n, g[=a]n, SW. g[*a], Dan. gaae; cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Top-down and bottom-up design — Top down and bottom up are strategies of information processing and knowledge ordering, mostly involving software, but also other humanistic and scientific theories (see systemics). In practice, they can be seen as a style of thinking and… …   Wikipedia

  • knock-down-and-drag-out — knock down and drag out, knockdown dragout knockdown dragoutadj. marked by extreme violence; of fights; also used metaphorically of fierce contests; as, a knock down and drag out fight; a knockdown dragout competition for the browser market. Syn …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knock-down, drag-out — or knock down and drag out adjective Date: 1834 marked by extreme violence or bitterness and by the showing of no mercy < knock down, drag out political debates > • knock down drag out noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • knock-down-and-drag-out — adjective see knock down, drag out …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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