He looks down in the tooth

This is a mash-up of “down in the mouth” (gloomy, depressed) and “long in the tooth” (old, past his/her prime).  The confusion here is pretty clear: teeth are in the mouth and the words “down” and “long” are four letter words.  What I can’t recall is whether the speaker was referring to a person who seemed older or more depressed.  Or maybe both as they go hand in hand??

One Comment on “He looks down in the tooth”

  1. Michael says:

    Never judge a horse by its mouth.”

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