come down in the world

come down in the world
come down in the world
to lose one's social position or financial standing. •

Mr. Jones has really come down in the world since he lost his job.

If I were unemployed, I'm sure I'd come down in the world, too.

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{v. phr.} To lose a place of respect or honor, become lower (as in rank or fortune). * /The stranger plainly had come down a long way in the world./ Compare: DOWN ON ONE'S LUCK.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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