Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - hand-me-down


something (usually an article of clothing) that has been used and then given to someone else (usually a younger sibling);

of inferior quality


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hand-me-down

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I heard you got your own office.

Colleague 2:  I did.

Colleague 1:  Must be nice to have your own office.

Colleague 2:  I suppose I shouldn't complain but the office is full of old hand-me-down furniture that looks like it is leftovers from the seventies.

Colleague 1:  I suppose used and shabby is better than nothing.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hand-me-down

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Is your family poor?

Friend 2:  Yes. We are very poor. Why do you ask?

Friend 1:  Because you are always wearing hand-me-downs.

Friend 2:  I am the youngest of four brothers so I always get my older brothers' clothes when they outgrow them.

hand-me-down - Usage:


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hand-me-down - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for hand-me-down.

hand-me-down - Examples:

1)  ... nicer televisions than I do, which they paid for themselves (mine is a hand-me-down my Dad gave me).

2)  My boyfriend and I moved to the floor from our crappy hand-me-down mattress several months ago.

3)  The savings result from hand-me-down clothes and toys, shared bedrooms and buying food in larger quantities.

4)  Okay so no one likes hand-me-down clothing or having to eat chicken this and chicken that 365 days out of the ...

5)  ... trademark outfit of the black snap-brim fedora and the leather coat came from a local hand-me-down store in the neighborhood where they were filming.

6)  My granddaughter received 2 hand-me-down dresses with awful orange looking stains on them.

7)  She wore the same brown-checked Chinese dress until the Refugee Welcome Society gave her two hand-me-down dresses, ...

8)  ... just came to camp with their dads, just like I did. They wore hand-me-down clothes, just like I did. And they got picked on and teased by ...

9)  My wife gets my hand-me-down iPhones.

10)  ... and I've never owned one. Almost everything in my house is a hand-me-down of some sort or another. My computers are all second hand, ...

11)  Even though it was a hand-me-down with 200k miles, it was still pretty cool. Leather seats, sunroof, ...

12)  ... generous family, friends and colleagues more than half of Liam's wardrobe consists of hand-me-down clothes.

13)  I just this Christmas got a hand-me-down Toyota Camry from my mom. 

14)  ... on the list to have include a decent piece of furniture that isn't a hand-me-down, something to wear in case your dream employer wants to see you in an ...

15)  She learned to sew, which came in handy for repairing hand-me-down clothing.

16)  ... so cranberry cupcake stuffing might just become your hand-me-down recipe.

17)  My father, the youngest of seven children, was lucky to get hand-me-down shoes to wear, but nonetheless my grandparents fed and housed an ever-evolving array of ...

18)  The young barefoot boys in torn hand-me-down overalls, were like me and the pictures of the families living in half dugouts ...

19)  I have transformed blank walls, thrift store finds, and hand-me-down furniture with a little paint and creativity.

20)  On her desktop, a pen set sat on the old leather blotter, a hand-me-down from her dad's office.