wear and tear


Definition of wear and tear 

: the loss, injury, or stress to which something is subjected by or in the course of use especially : normal depreciation

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Examples of wear and tear in a Sentence

my favorite jeans finally succumbed to wear and tear and had to be replaced

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Luckily, though, there's an abundance of skin-softening, nourishing, and ultra-hydrating hand creams on the market that, when used consistently, ward off signs of damage from daily wear and tear. Allure, "18 Hand Creams We're Constantly Reaching for Right Now," 19 Oct. 2018 Every minute your car is moving causes a bit of wear and tear on all its parts. Kyle Westwood, Good Housekeeping, "5 Sneaky Signs Your Car Is About to Break Down," 4 Sep. 2018 The high demand for strike fighters, particularly for combat operations against the Islamic State, increased the amount of wear and tear on the Super Hornet fleet. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy's Fighter Shortage Is Finally, Slowly Improving," 20 Aug. 2018 Bath Mat: Your bathroom rugs endure a lot of wear and tear every day, so picking up a new one every 1-2 years will keep the space feeling fresh and clean. Bridget Mallon, ELLE Decor, "Here's the Real Lifespan of 10 Common Home Items," 14 Aug. 2018 The crack from wear and tear on the engine after nearly 11,500 flights occurred in a high-pressure compressor disk. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "NTSB: British Airways engine failed because of compressor disk cracked from use," 21 June 2018 And with lots of walking comes inevitable wear and tear. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "A Guide to Making Your Hiking Boots Last Forever," 23 May 2018 The company has since recovered more than 20 rockets by land and sea, meticulously studying the wear and tear on the first stage booster structure, engines, and fuel tanks. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Block 5 rocket launch marks the end of the beginning for SpaceX," 3 May 2018 Carlos Hyde will also ease the wear and tear on Barkley. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "Hue Jackson: 'I don't think people truly understand how good Joe Thomas is'," 19 Mar. 2018

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1666, in the meaning defined above

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