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
Recent Examples on the Web Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell is also utilizing the left-hander strictly as a closer rather than in multiple-inning stints like in previous years, limiting the wear and tear on him as well. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Sep. 2020 Former manager Joe Maddon was the first to complain, citing the wear and tear on players returning from a Thursday night road game and playing on a Friday afternoon. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 19 June 2021 To reduce diesel fuel consumption, numerous carmakers designed their exhaust gas aftertreatment systems to often switch off automatically under a clause meant to protect engines from excessive wear and tear. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 3 June 2021 The white-hot plasma can reach 100 million degrees Fahrenheit or more, causing heavy wear and tear on all the components of these reactors. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 28 May 2021 But the avoidance of unnecessary wear and tear on their bodies and the flexibility necessary for spending time with their families ranked high on the players’ lists of priorities. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 24 May 2021 Knowing each male’s position in its troop, the researchers could match an animal’s social status to the wear and tear on his body, as revealed by changes to his DNA called methylation markers. Susan Pinker, WSJ, 6 May 2021 Meanwhile, demand for their services is up because there’s more wear and tear on houses and apartments as people spend more time at home. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Apr. 2021 This ensures a softer, drier ride for those onboard and also protects the hull from general wear and tear. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of wear and tear

1666, in the meaning defined above

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wear and tear

wear a silly grin/smile on one's face

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21 Jul 2021

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“Wear and tear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wear%20and%20tear. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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