Adjective "down-and-out" definition and examples

Definitions and examples


(of a person) without money, a job, or a place to live; destitute.
  1. 'Now I understand that no one would choose to be down and out if they could help it, and I in no way subscribe to the ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ or any other right wing ideology.'
  2. 'It tells the story of a group of ancient, and very well preserved, martial arts masters - we're talking hundreds of years old here - living down and out on the fringes of a modern society that has passed their ways by.'
  3. 'The parents, seemingly unconcerned for their daughter's immediate welfare, said they were down and out and could not care for the child.'
  4. 'Brothers Charles and Maxon are both mentally ill and in various degrees of being down and out.'
  5. 'We were not down and out or destitute, which is the picture some people have tried to paint.'
  6. 'Everyone had a place to lay their head, and if you were down and out, there was always someone to share with you.'
  7. 'They can accept help, too, but it's easiest for them when they feel like they're not completely down and out.'
  8. 'It's obvious the guy is pretty much down and out but at least he should be allowed one more chance of glory.'
  9. 'I have no problem with giving a kid a sandwich for lunch if it helps his parents get by while they are down and out.'
  10. 'These weren't people down on their luck, or down and out in London; they were well dressed and outwardly clean and regular looking people in their (I guess) mid thirties.'
(of a boxer) knocked down and unable to continue fighting.
  1. 'It's just that after seeing so many other fighters go down and out from Tito's power, they couldn't believe their eyes when a fighter took them and fought back.'
  2. 'Vines rose only to be knocked down and out with another Spina right hand at 2: 19 of the fourth round.'
  3. 'behind, away from home, and down to 14 men, Kelso ought to have been down and out, but Jeffrey rallied his men'
  4. 'He had given the Latics a half time lead then they looked down and out after being hit by three goals in 12 minutes just after the break.'
  5. 'An unknown qualifier, he seemed down and out when he lost the first set in just 19 minutes.'
  6. 'With the players looking down and out this is hardly the ideal time to be going into a local derby against a resurgent Preston side.'
  7. 'Bingley, needing 246 to win, seemed down and out at 96 for five, but worked themselves into a position where both captains felt the men from Wagon Lane were favourites.'
  8. 'The Noyna side looked down and out at 49-6 but skipper Lutz made 44 to put them back into the game.'
  9. 'The Terrors looked down and out as they entered injury time trailing 2-1, only to score three times with 90 minutes on the clock.'
  10. 'The home side looked down and out before 13-year-old Woodhead, batting at No 10, entered the fray and struck 25 to take them so close to their target.'
  11. 'He looked down and out when he lost three of the opening eight holes against hot favourite Taylor in the Northern Golf Trainees' League Matchplay Championship final at Durham Forest.'
  12. 'He then struck a penalty but Yarnbury were still 15 points adrift at the break, and seemed down and out.'
  13. 'Two matches into the Ashes, England are already down and out with no hope of regaining the coveted urn.'


A person without money, a job, or a place to live.
  1. 'The musical is set in Depression-era USA and the costumes and scenery aptly depicted the contrast between soup kitchens of the down-and-outs and the opulent homes and lifestyles of the rich.'
  2. 'Irish actor Gabriel Byrne has been snapped in Beverly Hills dressed as a down and out and rummaging through the trash.'
  3. 'The British government built workhouses for the down and out of the time and when the great famine of 1847 took its toll, that was the last straw for the down-trodden Irish poor.'
  4. 'Police plan to take weekend binge drinkers and drunken down-and-outs to the facility until they are fit to look after themselves again.'
  5. 'Not all that many years ago, only dogs and down-and-outs ate while walking along the street.'
  6. 'It's seen to be the place of the hobos, the real down-and-outs.'
  7. 'He made his name painting brutal depictions of Glaswegian down-and-outs, hardmen and football thugs.'
  8. 'Of all the hopeless souls he had ever come across on the streets, of all the down-and-outs and beggars, he had to pick this one to ‘save’.'
  9. 'For its members, church can be spending an afternoon at a Costa Mesa park, where they share lunch and conversation with the down and out.'
  10. 'These were not artisans as such, it was asserted, but down-and-outs, who lived at the margins, involved in street theft and other criminal activities.'



1. without any money, or means of support, or prospects; destitute; penniless.

2. without physical strength or stamina; disabled; incapacitated.

3. too physically weakened by repeated defeats to qualify as a competent professional boxer.


4. Also, down-and-outer. a person who is down-and-out.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be down-and-out."

"passengers can be down-and-out."