worse for wear

worse for wear

 
1. Euph. intoxicated. You were the worse for wear last night. The three came stumbling in, the worse for wear again.
2. damaged or worn through use. Eventually, every machine becomes worse for wear, you know. The truth is it's the worse for wear; you will just have to get a new one.
3. injured. Tom fell into the street and he's much the worse for wear. Fred had a little accident with his bike and he's the worse for wear.
See also: wear, worse

worse for wear

Also, the worse for the wear. In poor physical condition owing to long use; also, drunk. For example, This television set is really worse for the wear; we'll have to replace it, or He'd better not drive home; he's definitely the worse for the wear. [c. a.d. 1000] For an antonym, see none the worse for.
See also: wear, worse
References in classic literature ?
He still wore the fine broadcloth suit in which he had fulfilled his mission, but it was bitterly the worse for wear, daubed with clay and torn with the sharp briers of the wood.
The partners from Montreal, however, were the lords of the ascendant; coming from the midst of luxurious and ostentatious life, they quite eclipsed their compeers from the woods, whose forms and faces had been battered and hardened by hard living and hard service, and whose garments and equipments were all the worse for wear.
She never had tried, and probably never would now, being some fourteen or fifteen years of age, short in wind, long in body, and rather the worse for wear in respect of her mane and tail.
He examined my puttees and my strong tan shoes--a little the worse for wear now.
Showers of twigs and leaves fell upon them, and predicament followed predicament, until they emerged on the hilltop the worse for wear but happy and excited.
Beside the couch was a wooden chair, and on the angle of the back hung a very seedy and disreputable hard-felt hat, much the worse for wear, and cracked in several places.
It was a very ordinary black hat of the usual round shape, hard and much the worse for wear.
Then would he cackle forth a feeble laugh, and express a doubt whether his wits--for by that phrase it pleased our ancient friend to signify his mental powers--were not getting a little the worse for wear.
He was a tall man of middle age, with two goggle eyes whereof one was a fixture, a rubicund nose, a cadaverous face, and a suit of clothes (if the term be allowable when they suited him not at all) much the worse for wear, very much too small, and placed upon such a short allowance of buttons that it was marvellous how he contrived to keep them on.
I observed then, for the first time, that the boots he had on were a good deal the worse for wear, and that his stocking was just breaking out in one place, like a bud.
Accordingly, they duly attended to bid, and Tom became the owner of two lots of Diggs's things: --Lot 1, price one-and- threepence, consisting (as the auctioneer remarked) of a "valuable assortment of old metals," in the shape of a mouse- trap, a cheese-toaster without a handle, and a saucepan: Lot 2, of a villainous dirty table-cloth and green-baize curtain; while East, for one-and-sixpence, purchased a leather paper-case, with a lock but no key, once handsome, but now much the worse for wear.
Some of them were a bit - well - the worse for wear late in the evening.
The gals looked a tad worse for wear as the evening wore on.
EASTER PARADE BBC2 10AM A little early in the day, but none the worse for wear, Judy Garland sports an Easter bonnet in slimly plotted but absolutely beguiling musical, bursting with Irving Berlin tunes.
LOOKING none the worse for wear, Sir Paul McCartney has returned to the stage after a virus took him off the road for two months.