broken-down

broken-down
adjective
1. in deplorable condition (Freq. 1)
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a street of bedraggled tenements

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a broken-down fence

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a ramshackle old pier

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a tumble-down shack

Similar to: ↑damaged
Derivationally related forms: ↑tatterdemalion (for: ↑tatterdemalion)
2. not in working order
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had to push the broken-down car

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a broken-down tractor fit only for children to play on

Similar to: ↑unserviceable

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adj
: in a bad or weak condition because of being old, not well cared for, etc.

a broken-down car

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ˌbroken-ˈdown [broken-down] adjective usually before noun
in a very bad condition; not working correctly; very tired and sick

a broken-down old car/horse


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