out at elbows
or out at the elbows phrasal 1. shabbily dressed 2. short of funds

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • out at elbows — phrasal 1. : shabbily dressed : ragged, shabby the wretched little out at elbows youngster with ink smudges on his face Mary S. Watts 2. : in financial straits : short of funds if he is a trifle out at elbows, so is the empire itself G.W.Johnson …   Useful english dictionary

  • out at elbows —  Shabbily dressed …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • out-at-elbows — …   Useful english dictionary

  • out at the elbows — phrasal see out at elbows …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Out at — Out Out (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and [=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G. aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr. ud. [root]198. Cf. {About}, {But}, prep., {Carouse}, {Utter}, a.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Out at elbow — Elbow El bow, n. [AS. elboga, elnboga (akin to D. elleboga, OHG. elinbogo, G. ellbogen, ellenbogen, Icel. ?lnbogi; prop.; arm bend); eln ell (orig., forearm) + boga a bending. See 1st {Ell}, and 4th {Bow}.] 1. The joint or bend of the arm; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • out at the elbows — {adj. phr.} Poorly or shabbily dressed. * /Roy walks around out at the elbows, but it s not because he is penniless, but more in imitation of a certain style./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out at the elbows — {adj. phr.} Poorly or shabbily dressed. * /Roy walks around out at the elbows, but it s not because he is penniless, but more in imitation of a certain style./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out\ at\ the\ elbows — adj. phr. Poorly or shabbily dressed. Roy walks around out at the elbows, but it s not because he is penniless, but more in imitation of a certain style …   Словарь американских идиом

  • out at (the) elbows — idi out at (the) elbows a) poorly dressed; shabby b) impoverished …   From formal English to slang

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