wear-out

or wear·out

[ wair-out ]
/ ˈwɛərˌaʊt /

noun

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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Example sentences from the Web for wear-out

  • Parliament too has its tasks, if thou wilt look; fit to wear-out the lives of toughest men.

    Past and Present|Thomas Carlyle

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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Idioms and Phrases with wear-out

wear out

1

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]

2

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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