Green’s Dictionary of Slang

down adv.4

[SE down, under weight]

(US black) owing, deficient in.

[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 169: – O, it’s a fine order, Nosey Flynn said. They stick to you when you’re down.
[US]L. Bogan ‘They Ain’t Walking No More’ 🎵 Sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down, / I can’t make my living around this town.
[US]Hal Ellson Golden Spike 199: ‘Have you got anything?’ ‘I’m down and busted,’ Chico answered.
[US]H. Ellison ‘At the Mountain of Blindness’ in Gentleman Junkie 63: I’m only down a few bills. Stake me, Porky.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 24: Who else is going to [...] see you go for a yard when your bread is down.
[US]D.E. Miller Bk of Jargon 292: I’m down five bucks.
[US]B. Coleman Rakim Told Me 42: [S]hortly thereafter, the Amazing V left the group [...] Down one MC, Mixx knew just the person to fill the spot .

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