Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

down and out/down-and-out

down and outdown-and-outnot down and out
Meaning(s)
1) defeated or weakened, lacking resources or prospects
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • we're not down and out just yet
  • Analysis


  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. By half-time the team were losing badly and looked down and out, but they staged a remarkable second half comeback to salvage a draw.
    2. Chris has become a bit of a down-and-out since he lost his job. He drinks a lot and has no fixed address.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Our financial situation is precarious at the moment but we're not down and out just yet. We will live to fight another day.
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