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English definition of “hand-me-down”

hand-me-down

noun [C] uk   /ˈhænd.mɪˌdaʊn/ us  
a piece of clothing that someone has given to a younger person because they no longer want it: I got fed up with having to wear my sister's hand-me-downs.Clothing - general words
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