Origin of threadbare
Related formsthread·bare·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for threadbare
Even though there is a threadbare concession stand, overflowing picnic baskets abound.Native American Basketball Team in Wyoming Have Hoop Dreams Of Their Own|Robert Silverman|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, Carson tends to alternate between inflammatory arguments and threadbare truisms.
Immigration and tax policy are just as beggared and threadbare and awful.Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush & the Politics of Exhaustion|Nick Gillespie|April 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the other hand, the economic model is as threadbare as many of the buildings and much of the island's infrastructure.Obama Should End America’s Stupidest Foreign Policy: Isolating Cuba|Robert Shrum|February 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sequestration tore at our threadbare social safety net, and this deal leaves the damage intact.Tea Party Republicans: The Biggest Sore Winners in Washington|Jamelle Bouie|December 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It was a common belief on that street that his fortune was stuffed away in some of the threadbare cushions.Travelers Five Along Life's Highway|Annie Fellows Johnston
Arrived at this point, he tried to draw the skirts of his dressing-gown over a pair of angular knees encased in threadbare felt.Cousin Pons|Honore de Balzac
One prefers a wooden bench to a greasy velvet cushion, and a sanded floor to a soiled and threadbare carpet.
His clothes were baggy and threadbare, his linen soiled and shabby.
Here is a scholar in his long gown, threadbare and showing signs of decay.Sidelights on Chinese Life|J. Macgowan