been in the wars


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.

been in the wars

Injured, damaged, decrepit, or appearing as such, as one might be who has fought in a war. Can be said of a person or a thing. Primarily heard in UK. How old is that junky computer of yours? It looks like it's been in the wars! That must have been one heck of a fight. You look like you've been in the wars!
See also: been, war

have been in the wars

have been hurt or injured. informal
See also: been, have, war