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English definition of “come/go down in the world”

come/go down in the world

mainly UK
to lose the money and high social rank that you had in the past: Fancy her taking a job like that - she's certainly come down in the world !Class and class-consciousness in generalWealthiness and wealthyPoverty and poor Grammar:Down, downwards or Grammar:DownWe use down mostly as a preposition or adverb. It means ‘in or moving to a low or lower position or level’:Grammar:Downwards, downwardDownwards is an adverb. It means ‘movement towards a lower position’:
(Definition of come/go down in the world from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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