One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a broken-down hotel’
dilapidated, ramshackle, rickety, tumbledown, run down, worn out, in disrepair, battered, decayed, crumbling, deteriorated, falling to pieces, gone to rack and ruin
informal the worse for wear
2‘a broken-down car’
defective, broken, damaged, faulty, unsound
not working, not functioning, malfunctioning, in disrepair, inoperative, out of commission, out of order, not in working order, non-functioning, down
informal kaput, on the blink, on its last legs, bust, busted, conked out, clapped out, acting up, playing up, gone haywire, gone phut, finished, done for, dud
British informal knackered, duff
NZ Australian informal rumpty
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