wear and tear

noun
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

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

Examples of wear and tear in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of wear and tear

1666



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