all the worse for wear

all the worse for wear

1. Shabby or beaten up from use or damage. 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! John left my bike all the worse for wear when he gave it back to me. That's the last time I lend him anything! A: "Your phone sure looks all the worse for wear." B: "Yeah, I've dropped it on its screen at least 100 times."
2. Physically or emotionally exhausted. The nights of sleep deprivation with a newborn have left me all the worse for wear. I feel like I could fall asleep standing up! I need to start exercising more regularly. I feel all the worse for wear after going up that flight of stairs! I'm all the worse for wear after that intense workout yesterday. It hurts just to sit down and stand up!
See also: all, for, wear, worse
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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. Indeed, the partners from below considered the whole dignity of the company as represented in their persons, and conducted themselves in suitable style.
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