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run-down or run down (ˌrʌnˈdaʊn)



  1. (informal) tired or slightly ill   ⇒ times when you are feeling tired and run-down
  2. in very poor condition; neglected   ⇒ one of the most run-down areas of the city,   ⇒ a run-down block of flats
  3. (of a business) less successful than it was previously   ⇒ He bought a run-down television station.,   ⇒ a run-down slate quarry


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= exhausted, weak, tired, drained, fatigued, weary, unhealthy, worn-out, debilitated, below par, under the weather (informal), enervated, out of condition, peaky
= summary, review, briefing, résumé, outline, sketch, run-through, synopsis, recap (informal), précis

Example Sentences Including 'run-down'

About run-down , dirty, unswept rooms in damp, unpleasant houses, in which she had lost the occasional battle on a greasy sofa.
Kippax, Frank The Scar
Emerald stared in wonder at the shabby, run-down room, for it was more than she ever expected.
Pacter, Trudi Yellow Bird
Neeta seemed delighted with this turn of events, giggling and leading the way to the run-down encampment.
Pacter, Trudi Yellow Bird


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