(the) worse for wear

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Definition of (the) worse for wear

: in worse condition after doing or experiencing something He came out of basic training only slightly the worse for wear. The kids emerged from the woods looking none the worse for wear.

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“(the) worse for wear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%28the%29%20worse%20for%20wear. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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