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  • v. To cause (something) to become damaged, useless, or ineffective through continued use, especially hard, heavy, or careless use.
  • v. To deteriorate or become unusable or ineffective due to continued use, exposure, or strain.
  • v. To exhaust; to cause or contribute to another's exhaustion, fatigue, or weariness, as by continued strain or exertion.
  • v. To become exhausted, tired, fatigued, or weary, as by continued strain or exertion.
  • v. Of apparel, displayed in public.
  • v. Of a shirt, not tucked into the pants; worn in a casual manner.
  • v. To punish by spanking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. deteriorate through use or stress
  • v. exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress
  • v. go to pieces


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  • I broke it to him as gently as I could that it would have to wear out or be cut out, and tried to make him see that it was better to be a bald-headed boss on a large salary than a curly-headed clerk on a small one; but, in the end, he resigned, taking along a letter from me to the friend who had recommended him and some of my good bone-meal.

    Old Gorgon Graham

  • Fleda managed successfully to place the two Evelyns between her and Mr. Thorn, and then prepared herself to wear out the evening with patience.


  • We knit in family and name patterns too, so every sweater our lads wear out to sea tells folk they came from Caerfalas.

    Crown of Earth

  • And if our stubbornness and folly be such as to be ready to wear out his patience, -- to make him weary, as he complains, Isa.xliii. 24, and to cause him to serve beyond the limits of his patience, -- he will be exalted, take to himself his great power for the removal of our stubbornness, that he may be merciful unto us.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • What an untold number of pretty and ingenious things one does (not wear out in honourable wear and tear, but) utterly lose, and wilfully destroy, in one's young days – things that would have given pleasure to so many more young eyes, if they had been kept a little longer – things that one would so value in later years, if some of them had survived the dissipating and destructive days of Nurserydom.

    The Brownies and Other Tales

  • When Mr. Odo Russell called on Cavour in December 1858, he remarked that Austria had only to play a waiting game to wear out the financial resources of Piedmont, while, on the other hand, Piedmont would forfeit the sympathies of Europe if it precipitated matters by a declaration of war.


  • The business of the day was arranged, Barby's course made clear, Hugh visited and smiled upon; and then Fleda set herself down in the breakfast-room to wear out the rest of the day in patient suffering.


  • The job used to be done by hand, with files, and Eric records in A Million Wild Acres how Bert Ruttley, who worked for Jack Underwood at the Rocky Creek Mill for thirty years, would wear out four files every weekend, gulleting the circular saws to lengthen their worn teeth.



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