adjective or noun Date: 1862 chiefly British hand-me-down

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  • reach-me-down — [rēch′mē doun΄] [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] Chiefly Brit. Informal adj. 1. ready made 2. not original; hackneyed n. [pl.] second hand or ready made clothing …   English World dictionary

  • reach-me-down — /reech mee down /, n., adj. Brit. hand me down. [1860 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • reach-me-down — /ˈritʃ mi daʊn/ (say reech mee down) noun → hand me down …   Australian English dictionary

  • reach-me-down — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ adjective or noun chiefly Britain : hand me down …   Useful english dictionary

  • reach-me-down Brit. — reach me down Brit. informal, dated adjective 1》 second hand. 2》 ready made. noun a second hand or ready made garment …   English new terms dictionary

  • hand-me-down — /ˈhænd mi daʊn / (say hand mee down) noun Colloquial an article of clothing handed down or acquired second hand. Also, reach me down …   Australian English dictionary

  • reach — I. /ritʃ / (say reech) verb (t) 1. to get to, or get as far as, in moving, going, travelling, etc.: the boat reached the shore. 2. to come to or arrive at in some course of progress, action, etc.: his letter reached me. 3. to succeed in touching… …   Australian English dictionary

  • reach — v. & n. v. 1 intr. & tr. (often foll. by out) stretch out; extend. 2 intr. stretch out a limb, the hand, etc.; make a reaching motion or effort. 3 intr. (often foll. by for) make a motion or effort to touch or get hold of, or to attain (reached… …   Useful english dictionary

  • reach — {{11}}reach (n.) 1520s, from REACH (Cf. reach) (v.); earliest use is of stretches of water. {{12}}reach (v.) O.E. ræcan to extend, hold forth, also to succeed in touching, from W.Gmc. *raikjan stretch out the hand (Cf. O.Fris. reka, M.Du. reiken) …   Etymology dictionary

  • reach — 1 /ri:tS/ verb 1 ARRIVE (T) to arrive at a particular place, especially when it has taken a long time or a lot of effort to get there: It was a relief to reach the safety of our home at last. | Your letter reached me yesterday. 2 WITH YOUR HAND… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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