have been in the wars

been in the wars

Been injured, damaged, decrepit, or appears 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
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have been in the wars

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