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wear thin

1. Be weakened or diminished gradually, as in My patience is wearing thin. [Late 1800s]
2. Become less convincing, acceptable, or popular, as in His excuses are wearing thin. [First half of 1990s] Both usages transfer the thinning of a physical object, such as cloth, to nonmaterial characteristics.
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wear ˈthin

begin to become less; become less interesting or amusing: My patience is beginning to wear very thin.Don’t you think that joke’s wearing a bit thin? (= we have heard it many times before)
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wear thin

1. To be weakened or eroded gradually: Her patience is wearing thin.
2. To become less convincing, acceptable, or popular, as through repeated use: excuses that are wearing thin.
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Bradley's anger-management problem is legendary, and there are whispers it is beginning to wear thin on his teammates.
Patience among the stars is beginning to wear thin after reaching second place in Serie A.
But the novelty of searching for camp spectacle has lately started to wear thin.
The novelty of the ``thought reading'' process can wear thin as well, as you'll find that many of the humans you run into are thinking the exact same thing.
DESPITE Graham's novelty starting to wear thin last season, the camp comic is back and he's still got enough manic energy to carry a show.
Roberts is a career diplomat (his Canadian nationalism can wear thin, but one forgives him); he must have been dazzling in his work, for his cross-cultural empathy is unparalleled, and the austere intelligence of his analysis, of both art and politics, creates the bridge between those two subjects that has eluded so many from the East and the West.
But by the time you get to the final cut - the title song, ``Around the Sun'' - the band's dour, refined sound begins to wear thin.
As more Britons travel in Europe and use the new currency the joke of "staying out" will wear thin.