Down at heel
What's the meaning of the phrase 'Down at heel'?
What's the origin of the phrase 'Down at heel'?
The wearing of shoes with worn down heels is a mark of destitution. The phrase is first recorded in Edition 10 of William Darrell's A gentleman instructed in the conduct of a virtuous and happy life, 1732:
"Sneak into a corner ... down at heels and out at elbows."