What is another word for down and out?

342 synonyms found


[ dˌa͡ʊn and ˈa͡ʊt], [ dˌa‍ʊn and ˈa‍ʊt], [ d_ˌaʊ_n a_n_d ˈaʊ_t]

Down and out is an idiom that refers to a person who is completely defeated, helpless, or impoverished. Other synonyms for down and out include destitute, impoverished, indigent, broke, needy, and penniless. Other related phrases include financially strapped, strapped for cash, hard up, flat broke, poverty-stricken, and broke as a joke. These terms reflect the situations that people can find themselves in when they are struggling with financial or personal hardships. While these phrases may share similar meanings, they can be used interchangeably depending on the context. Overall, down and out and its synonyms illustrate the many challenges that people may face in life, reminding us to have empathy and compassion for those who are struggling.

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How to use "Down and out" in context?

The term, "down and out," is often associated withnegative and derogatory connotations, as it suggests a person who is destitute and likely to suffer from hunger, cold and/or homelessness. However, down and out can also refer to someone who is struggling, but is still able to find shelter and food.

The term originates from the Old English dæg "day," and and or "out of work," and is related to the Scandinavian dagr "day." Down and out has been in use in the English language since the early 1800s.

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