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17 / 11 / 2006

DOWN AND OUT: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today's expression is: Down and out

It means: without money or a place to live. 

Example 1:
Lenny: What happened to the man who lived in that big house?
Alice: Oh, things turned out badly for him in the end. After his wife died he became an alcoholic. He lost all his money and now he's living on the streets, totally down and out.

Example 2:
It's a rough neighbourhood; the park is full of down and outs sleeping on the benches.

NOTE: In Example 1, down and out is used as an adjective and in Example 2 it is a noun.

I hope that no one who is reading this lesson will ever have to use this expression to describe themselves.  ;-)

Have an excellent weekend! I'll "see" you on Monday.