Translation of down-at-the-heels in Spanish:


desastrado, adj.


Pronunciation /ˌdaʊnətðəˈhiːlz//ˌdaʊnətðəˈhilz/


  • 1

    (shabby, poor)
    (person) desastrado
    (place) venido abajo
    (place) venido a menos
    a down-at-the-heels cafe un café de mala muerte
    • Today Tesco and Sainsbury's local stores are helping to bring up some down-at-heel neighbourhoods.
    • Gone is the old and somewhat down-at-heel air of the theatre of yesterday.
    • Had I gone at 17 I have no doubt I would have been staying in a down-at-heel guest house.
    • Britain's inner city chroniclers are more chip shop than champagne, but this down-at-heel feel has more of an edge.
    • True to form, the drive from the airport to the city was a fairly depressing affair - Melbourne seemed all industrial and down at heel.
    • There is not a plush boutique or trendy bar to be seen, and the architecture is down-at-heel.
    • In the film, Reeves plays a luckless, down-at-heel gambler heavily in debt to the bookies.
    • A bunch of largely down-at-heel passengers, who had got off with us, searched for a lift that was working.
    • He was spending the summer with his great-uncle and cousins on the outskirts of a down-at-heel Mississippi community inappropriately called Money.
    • Now he lives in Maryland, a teeming, traffic-choked and down-at-heel suburb of Africa's largest city, Lagos.
    • Like Blackpool or Brighton, Coney Island has that down-at-heel atmosphere of a resort whose time has gone.
    • Vince Vaughn is Peter, a likeable slacker who runs the down-at-heel Average Joe's Gym.
    • Take Sasha and Lena, a young couple living in a typically down-at-heel housing estate on the outskirts of Moscow.
    • This area is down at heel enough without it being made worse by travellers.
    • If that conjures up an image of a rather down-at-heel East End hall, then think again.
    • Craig and Craig is a bold building both inside and out forging a new initiative in what is essentially a shabby and down-at-heel area.
    • But a far larger slice of her area is in Oakland, the down-at-heel industrial city overshadowed by San Francisco across the bay.
    • Both are better bets than the rather down-at-heel Caruso Belvedere.
    • It is just the kind of place where drunks, junkies and the down-at-heel find a warm spot to spend the night.
    • The rattling, down-at-heel, overcrowded buildings pleased me better than any grassy quad or lancet window.
  • 2

    (shoes/slippers) con el tacón gastado
    (shoes/slippers) con el taco gastado Southern Cone Peru
    • And equally, forget about making a good impression in your designer garb if your tie doesn't match or your shoes are down at heel.
    • Chinese servants should not (strictly speaking) appear before their masters in short clothes, nor without socks, nor with shoes down at heel, nor with their tail tied round the head.
    • It has come to imply decrepitude: down-at-heel shoes, wrinkled stockings, woolly hats and trousers kept up by bits of string.
    • Some were repellently shabby, with loose, stained suit jackets and down-at-heel black leather shoes, other with the shine of prosperity, plump in spotless waistcoats.
    • Make sure your shoes are well polished and not down-at-heel
    • Surely everyone here doesn't just throw their shoes away when they get a little down at heel?
    • Alex Wilson, who worked for Nugget when he first came to the Centre, was a short man, 1.6 metres tall with his down-at-heel boots on.
    • On the other hand, you could write, of the same individual: His shoes were down-at-heel and his raincoat was streaked with dirt.