wear and tear


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wear and tear

Normal deterioration and minor damage from frequent use. It has some wear and tear, but after 100,000 miles I'd say my car is in pretty good shape.
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wear and tear (on something)

Fig. the process of wearing down or breaking down something by regular use. Driving in freezing weather means lots of wear and tear on your car. I drive carefully and have my car serviced regularly to avoid wear and tear.
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wear and tear

Damage and deterioration resulting from ordinary use and exposure, as in This sofa shows a lot of wear and tear; we should replace it. [Second half of 1600s]
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wear and tear

COMMON Wear and tear is the damage that happens to something as a result of it being used in a normal way. Being overweight can add to the wear and tear on hip joints. The table in a busy family kitchen is likely to come in for a considerable amount of wear and tear.
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wear and tear

damage or deterioration sustained from continuous use.
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ˌwear and ˈtear

damage or loss of quality because of normal use: After having the car for five years you expect some wear and tear.The guarantee does not cover normal wear and tear.
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Often a good orthotic and appropriate motion control or supportive running shoes can correct gait problems that worsen wear and tear in the knee.