wear and tear

or wear-and-tear

[ tair ]
/ tɛər /


damage or deterioration resulting from ordinary use; normal depreciation.

Nearby words

  1. weaponize,
  2. weaponry,
  3. weapons carrier,
  4. weapons of mass destruction,
  5. wear,
  6. wear another hat,
  7. wear down,
  8. wear off,
  9. wear one's heart on one's sleeve,
  10. wear out

Origin of wear and tear

First recorded in 1660–70

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British Dictionary definitions for wear and tear

wear and tear


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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