Definition of threadbare
Examples of threadbare in a Sentence
bought a threadbare couch at a garage sale
a novel filled with nothing but threadbare clichés
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If the puff pastry is Linus’s threadbare blanket, the rolls are a luxurious down comforter in a suite at the Ritz Carlton.
Young rebel soldiers in frayed T-shirts with AK-47s slung over their shoulders stroll through threadbare market stalls.
The old policies held by the department were threadbare and ineffective, Diaz said.
Maintaining what was always a threadbare operation grew more difficult over the years, as gentrification drove up Conan’s rent, bills, and debts.
The pleasure of classic low-budget science-fiction films—the threadbare apocalypses of the nineteen-fifties—is the fusion of authentic fear with the earnestness inherent in comic-book-like creatures and effects.
Landrieu took to the stage at Gallier Hall and tore down the threadbare justifications for these monuments once and for all.
The soldiers wore nothing but threadbare cotton clothes and straw sandals.
Cons: old and dark, threadbare shopping and eating choices, limited bathrooms, crowded gates, diffuse security, difficult maneuvering for bigger planes on KCI’s outside apron, crumbling infrastructure.
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THREADBARE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of threadbare for English Language Learners
: very thin and in bad condition from too much use
: not very effective, interesting, etc., because of being used too often
THREADBARE Defined for Kids
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