go down in the world

go down in the world
come/go down in the world British, Australian, American, American & Australian to have less money and a worse social position than you had before.

They used to live in a big house with lots of servants, but they've come down in the world since then.

When we had to sell our house and take a small apartment downtown, we felt we'd really moved down in the world.


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  • come down in the world — {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

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