What does run-down mean?

run-down meaning in General Dictionary

worn and broken-down by difficult use

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  • getting the springtime unwound

run-down meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1866, of individuals, with reference to health, from spoken term, from run (v.) + down (adv.). From 1896 of locations; 1894 of clocks. Earliest good sense is "oppressed" (1680s).

Sentence Examples with the word run-down

They didn't include eking out a living on a run-down ranch and Brandon knew that.

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