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English definition of “hand-me-down”

hand-me-down

noun [C]  /ˈhænd·miˌdɑʊn/ us  
a piece of clothing given to a younger family member or friend because the person who owns it no longer wants it or it no longer fits: Claudia had three older sisters, so she wore a lot of hand-me-downs.
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