from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lacking funds, resources, or prospects; destitute.
- adj. Incapacitated; prostrate.
- n. One who is down-and-out.
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- adj. Alternative spelling of down and out.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. impoverished; -- usually implying a state of dejection as well.
- adj. physically weak.
- n. a person who is destitute.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lacking resources (or any prospect of resources)
- n. a person who is destitute
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A down-and-out waitress sits glumly on her stoop across the street from a gleaming suburb.
Noticing the deck needs to be repaired leads to you making a note about the deck, which gets processed and turns out to be more than a single step, which in turn leads to a creation of a project surrounding the rehabilitation of your down-and-out deck, which in turn swells your Project List by one more and adds to your general feeling that your Project List might crush you.
For me, his random interviews with various down-and-out characters in Cleveland, on sidewalks and in living rooms, while charmingly syncopated in the Jarmusch family style, with intermittent jazz music and grainy shaky filming, did not result in a clear "what is this about"--although Tom insisted that for him, it was exactly the Cleveland he wished to express, "meant to be an imperfect portrait."
"Bitch Slap" follows three badass women -- described in the synopsis as "a down-and-out stripper, a drug-running killer and a corporate powerbroker" -- who venture into the desert with the intention of extorting hundreds of millions of dollars from a gang kingpin.
Wikipedia describes Alger's stories as, "illustrating how down-and-out boys might be able to achieve the American Dream of wealth and success through hard work, courage, determination, and concern for others."
"Lord of Misrule," by Gordon, is set at a down-and-out racetrack and concerns the troubled inhabitants of that world.
For Sam Slovick, a filmmaker and writer who has been chronicling the lives of Los Angeles' homeless, interacting with the down-and-out has never been difficult.
Talked about his down-and-out Dad with admiration, love.
And then ... in 2009 he found comfort back in the White House, as director of President Obama's National Economic Council, helping to oversee the very firms that had been so generous to him when he was down-and-out after leaving Harvard and blunting the administration's response to the economic crisis.
But it also showed his compassionate side, handling out cash to down-and-out families whose political loyalties were then secured for years.