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Definition of "hand-me-down" []

  • Handed down to one person after being used and discarded by another. (adjective)
  • Of inferior quality; shabby. (adjective)
  • Something, such as an article of clothing, that is passed on from one person to another. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hand-me-down" in a sentence
  • "Dannel Malloy travels usually via a state-owned Lincoln Mercury, a hand-me-down from his predecessor, M."
  • "It was back to using my four-fingered, hand-me-down glove."
  • "One of the things—what used to be a black teenager in a dirty Allen Iverson 76ers jersey and a pair of hand-me-down Jordans—feeds on a fake-tanned white guy in a slick black convertible."
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