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wear out (1)

Meaning: If something such as a shoe wears out, it gets old and damaged from being used.

For example:

  • wear out Johnny's shoes are wearing out, so I'm going to buy him a new pair.

  • be worn out The tyres on his motorbike are worn out, and they're dangerous.

Nouns often used as subjects with
wear out (1): shoes, socks, jeans, suit, tyre, carpet, printer, photocopier

Quick Quiz:

If a businessman's suit is wearing out, he needs to
  1. dryclean it
  2. remake it
  3. replace it

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