the worse for wear

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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

the worse for wear

COMMON
1. If someone is the worse for wear, they are tired or injured. In the fourth round both fighters suffered cuts over the eyes, and the champion was beginning to look the worse for wear.
2. If someone is the worse for wear, they are drunk. He turned up at one important function two hours late and noticeably the worse for wear.
See also: wear, worse

the worse for wear

1 damaged by use or weather over time; battered and shabby. 2 (of a person) feeling rather unwell, especially as a result of drinking too much alcohol. informal
See also: wear, worse

the ˌworse for ˈwear

(informal)
1 in a poor condition because of being used a lot: Your dictionary is looking a bit the worse for wear. Isn’t it time you bought a new one?
2 drunk: Ellen came back from the pub rather the worse for wear.
See also: wear, worse