from The Century Dictionary.

  • Badly provided for; not in comfortable circumstances: opposed to well-off.


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  • It never entered our heads to consider ourselves ill-off for that reason.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore 1901

  • The poor of Paris itself were not so very ill-off, for there were continual distributions of money and flour to keep them in good humour, and there were songs about.

    Stray Pearls Charlotte Mary Yonge 1862

  • We demand Free-Trade, with much just vociferation and benevolence, That the poorer classes, who are terribly ill-off at present, may have cheaper New-Orleans bacon.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works, Vol. XIII. Thomas Carlyle 1838

  • "'You mean,' says she, 'that he'll gie them awa to some ill-off body, as he gies near a' thing he has?

    The Little Minister 1898

  • "I was almost as ill-off," he said to himself, "when I came here for work the first time, yet here I am -- alive, and likely to work again!

    Warlock o' Glenwarlock George MacDonald 1864


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