or wear·out

[ wair-out ]
/ ˈwɛərˌaʊt /
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the act or fact of wearing out; a worn-out condition: wear-out at the knees of pants.
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Origin of wear-out

First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase wear out
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British Dictionary definitions for wear-out

wear out

verb (adverb)
to make or become unfit or useless through wear
(tr) to exhaust or tire
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Other Idioms and Phrases with wear-out

wear out


Become or cause to become unusable through long or heavy use, as in She wears out her shoes in no time, or The coupling in this device has worn out. [Early 1400s]


Exhaust, tire, as in I was worn out from packing all those books. Also see tired out. [First half of 1500s]

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