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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, enervated, out of condition, peaky,

Example Sentences Including 'run-down'

'Santosh, will you give us a run-down on the current status of each brand?
Business Today (1996)
A 10-year £62m regeneration scheme to restore the run-down area to its former glory is now in its third year.
Liverpool Daily Post and Echo (2004)
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
Houses in Neville Street today sell for millions, but post-war they were miserably run-down affairs.
Virginia Ironside JANEY AND ME: Growing up with my Mother (2003)
I was burying my self in it and just getting more and more run-down and tired.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2005)
Neeta seemed delighted with this turn of events, giggling and leading the way to the run-down encampment.
Pacter, Trudi Yellow Bird
Often they would play in sub-zero temperatures on the run-down old clay courts at five in the morning.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2004)
Our guide tells us that under the Government's housing programme, new units costing £1500 are replacing the run-down shacks.
Glasgow Herald (2001)


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