wear and tear


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

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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Word History

First Known Use

1666, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wear and tear was in 1666

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Cite this Entry

“Wear and tear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wear%20and%20tear. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

wear and tear

: the loss or damage that occurs to something in the course of normal use

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