wear and tear


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tear \Tear\, n.
   The act of tearing, or the state of being torn; a rent; a
   fissure. --Macaulay.
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   Wear and tear. See under Wear, n.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wear \Wear\, n.
   1. The act of wearing, or the state of being worn;
      consumption by use; diminution by friction; as, the wear
      of a garment.
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   2. The thing worn; style of dress; the fashion.
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            Motley 's the only wear.              --Shak.
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   3. The result of wearing or use; consumption, diminution, or
      impairment due to use, friction, or the like; as, the wear
      of this coat has been good.
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   Wear and tear, the loss by wearing, as of machinery in use;
      the loss or injury to which anything is subjected by use,
      accident, etc.
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