hand-me-down hand-me-down

Definition(s):

  1. (n) outgrown garment passed down from one person to another
  2. (adj) passed on from one person to another

Usage(s):

  1. Today it is a gritty collection of cattle farms and dying towns living in a hand-me-down past.
  2. There he absorbed William James' challenge to test all hand-me-down truths against the pragmatic standards of experience and reason.
  3. These hand-me-down no-name castoffs are strangers.

News

  • Can you hear me now?

    The back of my pajama-clad roommate greets me from the kitchen as I shuffle my feet on our hand-me-down doormat. It’s after 9 p.m. and the apartment is quiet for a Tuesday night. “Hey, Robbie,” I ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Argonaut

Quotes

  1. Afterward, Ellison, his mother and younger brother endured, Rampersad writes, "years of shabby rented rooms, hand-me-down clothing, second-rate meals, sneers and slights from people better off, and a pinched, scuffling way of life."
    on Apr 21, 2007 By: Arnold Rampersad Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer

  2. "It's a hand-me-down tradition passed on through the community," MacMaster said. "You can be a great Cape Breton fiddler without ever having taken a lesson. It's a great, relaxed music that is full of feeling. Its focus is on feeling, not so...
    on Jan 27, 2004 By: Natalie MacMaster Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  3. "I'm not sure, that dude Boss is huge," Williams said, referring to his 6-foot-6, 253-pound stature. "Covering him is going to be interesting. He's no hand-me-down tight end. But you just got to answer to the call."
    on Jan 10, 2008 By: Roy Williams Source: New York Times

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