wear and tear

or wear-and-tear

[ tair ]
/ tɛər /

noun

damage or deterioration resulting from ordinary use; normal depreciation.

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Origin of wear and tear

First recorded in 1660–70
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British Dictionary definitions for wear and tear

wear and tear

noun

damage, depreciation, or loss resulting from ordinary use
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Idioms and Phrases with wear and tear

wear and tear

Damage and deterioration resulting from ordinary use and exposure, as in This sofa shows a lot of wear and tear; we should replace it. [Second half of 1600s]

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