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    #1

    run-down?

    From The Catcher in the Rye:

    "I'll just tell you about this madman stuff that happened to me around last Christmas just before I got pretty run-down and had to come out here and take it easy."

    What does "run-down" mean in this context?

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    #2

    Re: run-down?

    In this context, "run down" means he hasn't eaten properly or gotten enough sleep recently. Your body feels like it's dragging, and your mind is weary.

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