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wear and tear

or wear-and-tear

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  1. 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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Related Words for wear and tear

depletion, erosion, depreciation, attrition, consumption, dissipation, decrement, ablation, overuse, weathering

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Historical Examples of wear and tear

  • The wear-and-tear of rust is even faster than the tear-and-wear of work.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Even the London scenery is faithfully reproduced in material of extra strength, to stand the wear-and-tear of constant removal.

British Dictionary definitions for wear and tear

wear and tear

  1. 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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