all the worse for wear

all the worse for wear

Shabby or beat-up from use. People sometimes use this phrase to describe themselves after enduring something emotionally or physically taxing. The books that were in my bag when I got caught in the downpour look all the worse for wear now. I'm afraid they might fall apart altogether! The nights of sleep deprivation with a newborn have left me all the worse for wear—I could fall asleep standing up!
See also: all, wear, worse
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Then, at a family wedding, Joseph Lees shows up in the form of Rupert Graves and looks not at all the worse for wear.