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the worse for wear

Meaning: If something is the worse for wear, it has been damaged by being used a lot. If a person is the worse for wear, they don't feel well.

For example:

  • Don't you think we should have the sofa recovered? It's looking a little the worse for wear.

  • Tom looks a bit the worse for wear this morning. I bet he was out drinking with his buddies last night.

Quick Quiz:

My car is a bit the worse for wear because
  1. I just got it back from the garage
  2. I forgot to wear my seatbelt
  3. I recently drove it around Australia

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