run-down


run-down
run-down [adj] shabby, in bad shape abandoned, beat-up, below par, broken-down, crumbling, debilitated, decrepit, derelict, deserted, desolate, dilapidated, dingy, dogeared*, down-at-the-heel*, drained, enervated, exhausted, fatigued, forsaken, frowzy*, in a bad way*, neglected, old, out of condition, peaked, ramshackle, ratty*, rickety, seedy, tacky, tattered, tired, tumble-down, uncared-for, under the weather*, unhealthy, untended, used up, weak, weary, worn-out; concepts 314,485,570 —Ant. fresh, good, healthy, ok

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  • run down — {v.} (stress on down ) 1. To crash against and knock down or sink. * /Jack rode his bicycle too fast and almost ran down his little brother./ * /It was so foggy that the steamship almost ran down a small boat leaving port./ Compare: RUN INTO(3a) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • run down — {v.} (stress on down ) 1. To crash against and knock down or sink. * /Jack rode his bicycle too fast and almost ran down his little brother./ * /It was so foggy that the steamship almost ran down a small boat leaving port./ Compare: RUN INTO(3a) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • run-down — /run down /, adj. 1. fatigued; weary; exhausted. 2. in a state of poor health: He was in a run down condition from months of overwork. 3. in neglected condition; fallen into disrepair: a run down house. 4. (of a spring operated device) not… …   Universalium

  • run-down — {adj.} (stress on run ) In poor health or condition; weak or needing much work. * /Grandma caught a cold because she was very run down from loss of sleep./ * /The houses near the center of the city get more run down every year./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • run-down — {adj.} (stress on run ) In poor health or condition; weak or needing much work. * /Grandma caught a cold because she was very run down from loss of sleep./ * /The houses near the center of the city get more run down every year./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • run down — verb Date: circa 1578 transitive verb 1. a. to collide with and knock down b. to run against and cause to sink 2. a. to chase to exhaustion or until captured b. to trace the source of c. to tag out (a base runner) between bases on a rundown 3.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • run-down — adjective Date: circa 1821 1. worn out, exhausted 2. completely unwound 3. being in poor repair ; dilapidated …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • run down — backwash (the seaward return of waves after they rush up onto the beach. Some fish species spawn in this wave action, e.g. capelin, Mallotus villosus. Also called backrush) …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • To run down — Run Run, v. i. [imp. {Ran}or {Run}; p. p. {Run}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Running}.] [OE. rinnen, rennen (imp. ran, p. p. runnen, ronnen). AS. rinnan to flow (imp. ran, p. p. gerunnen), and iernan, irnan, to run (imp. orn, arn, earn, p. p. urnen); akin… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To run down a coast — Run Run, v. i. [imp. {Ran}or {Run}; p. p. {Run}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Running}.] [OE. rinnen, rennen (imp. ran, p. p. runnen, ronnen). AS. rinnan to flow (imp. ran, p. p. gerunnen), and iernan, irnan, to run (imp. orn, arn, earn, p. p. urnen); akin… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To run down — Run Run, v. t. 1. To cause to run (in the various senses of {Run}, v. i.); as, to run a horse; to run a stage; to run a machine; to run a rope through a block. [1913 Webster] 2. To pursue in thought; to carry in contemplation. [1913 Webster] To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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