What does down-and-out mean?

Definitions for down-and-out
ˈdaʊn əndˈaʊt, -əndown-and-out

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. down-and-outadjective

    a person who is destitute

    "he tried to help the down-and-out"

  2. down-and-outadjective

    lacking resources (or any prospect of resources)


  1. down-and-outadjective

    physically weak.

  2. down-and-outadjective

    impoverished; -- usually implying a state of dejection as well.


  1. down-and-out

    Down-and-out is a term used to describe someone who is destitute or deprived of resources such as money and means of living, or experiencing severe difficulties in their life, often used to signify someone who is homeless or unemployed. Furthermore, in finance, "down-and-out" refers to a type of barrier option that ceases to exist once the price of the underlying asset falls to a specific level.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of down-and-out in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of down-and-out in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of down-and-out in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Gutowski:

    They make replicas, and they still produce real, single-action revolvers today that are similar to those used in the period that this movie is supposed to take place in, it depends on what kind of gun they were using. But even if they were using a blank firing gun, you know, a prop gun designed to work with blanks. Specifically, there is a possibility that someone could have loaded a live round into that gun, and it could still propel that bullet projectile down and out the barrel towards somebody, even if it's not designed to do that necessarily.

  2. Orson Welles:

    When you are down and out something always turns up-and it is usually the noses of your friends.

  3. Donald Trump:

    Like Elizabeth Warren, I did the Pocahontas thing, i hit Elizabeth Warren really hard and it looked like Elizabeth Warren was down and out but that was too long ago, I should've waited. Don't worry, we will revive it.

  4. Amy Robbins:

    We are so inundated with so much fear-based information at this time that I want to have control over what I am putting into my mind. I am always listening to something that helps me learn and grow and feel good about myself, everyone is feeling upside down and out of control right now, so it is extremely important to focus on the parts of your life that you have some control over to give your foundation a bit of sturdiness.

  5. Andrew McGuire:

    Is the NRA down and out enough that United States can't muster an all-out assault on The CDC ? Or is that totally crazy thinking because the NRA can always muster any assault at any time ?


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