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shattered or collapsed, as with age; infirm.
having given way with use or age; out of working order:
a broken-down chair.
Contemporary Examples

With U.S. Adoption Ban, a Mother Fears for Russia’s Abandoned Kids Janis Cooke Newman December 27, 2012
David’s Bookclub: The Caine Mutiny David Frum January 27, 2013
Best Behaviour, Harry March 4, 2012
At Telluride, Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’ Is Superbly Acted Marlow Stern August 29, 2013
A Rare Meeting with Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi Liz Goodwin March 11, 2011

Historical Examples

With Sully into the Sioux Land Joseph Mills Hanson
Sorry: Wrong Dimension Ross Rocklynne
Ginger-Snaps Fanny Fern
Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
Some War-time Lessons Frederick P. (Frederick Paul) Keppel

worn out, as by age or long use; dilapidated: a broken-down fence
not in working order: a broken-down tractor
physically or mentally ill


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