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wear thin

1. Of an object, often a fabric, to physically become thinner or cause to become worn, as from frequent use. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wear" and "thin." You can see here how the leather has been worn thin by years of use.
2. To diminish or become less effective. Please try to behave. My patience is beginning to wear thin. It was cute the first few times that he did it, but his little routine has worn thin.
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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.
See also: thin, wear
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However, she was warned by one of the delegation that patience was wearing thin.
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That was more than 12 months ago and council chiefs say their patience is wearing thin.
GRAHAM Drury has admitted for the first time his patience is wearing thin with his new-look Birmingham side after a second successive home defeat last night.
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ST MIRREN skipper Jim Goodwin has admitted patience is wearing thin after his latest suspension - but the Irishman has vowed to clean up his act in order to save his Buddies career.