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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Local municipalities are stuck footing the bill for additional wear and tear on secondary roads. WSJ, "Paying Wisely for the Better Roads We Need," 15 Apr. 2019 The free-floating barriers are made to withstand harsh weather conditions and constant wear and tear. Fox News, "Massive boom hopes to corral Pacific Ocean's plastic trash," 8 Sep. 2018 Pitchers enter pro ball with different mechanics, biomechanics, backgrounds, ages, wear and tear, etc. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "The 2018 Year After Effect: Which Young Pitchers Are At a Heightened Risk for Injury?," 19 Feb. 2018 Plus, the skin along your ribs is very delicate and could easily get scratched or even accrue some more wrinkles over time with that much wear and tear. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Don't Panic, But You've Been Wearing Your Bra Wrong Your Entire Life," 25 Apr. 2019 Daily wear and tear lead to hangnails and snags, and polish and gel changes can weaken your tips over time. Emily Rekstis, Glamour, "10 Things You Can Do Now to Get Stronger, Healthier Nails ASAP," 20 Apr. 2019 Her worsening symptoms — the forgetfulness and confusion, the difficulties communicating and organizing activities — weren’t just stress or the normal wear and tear of aging. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 The machine allows runners to still get their cardio workout without the typical wear and tear by altering gravity, which allows for running with a lower percentage of body weight. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Inspired by the New York City Half Marathon? Experts Weigh in on Staying Injury-Free While You Train," 15 Mar. 2019 But don’t use metal spoons for stirring or knives for cutting to prevent wear and tear. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "5 Best Ceramic Cookware Sets to Buy in 2019, According to Kitchen Product Experts," 1 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of wear and tear

1666, in the meaning defined above

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