wear out

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wear out exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress "We wore ourselves out on this hike"
    • v wear out deteriorate through use or stress "The constant friction wore out the cloth"
    • v wear out go to pieces "The lawn mower finally broke","The gears wore out","The old chair finally fell apart completely"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptian women used to wear perfume cones made of wax that would melt in the heat letting out a nice fragrance
    • Wear out to impair by use: to render useless by decay: to consume tediously: to harass
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Quotations

  • George Whitefield
    George Whitefield
    “It is better to rust out than wear out.”
  • Robert W. Service
    Robert W. Service
    “It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe.”
  • Karl Kraus
    Karl%20Kraus
    “A child learns to discard his ideals, whereas a grown-up never wears out his short pants.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Fashion wears out more clothes than the man.”
  • Hilaire Belloc
    Hilaire%20Belloc
    “From quiet homes and first beginning, out to the undiscovered ends, there's nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends.”
  • William Hazlitt
    William%20Hazlitt
    “The most violent friendships soonest wear themselves out.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. werian, to wear; Ice. verja, to cover, Goth. wasjan.

Usage

In literature:

The law is so strict with regard to the point, that whoever does not wear the girdle is driven out of society.
"A Woman's Journey Round the World" by Ida Pfeiffer
I worries from one meal to de odder, I worries about whure I'ze gwine get some mo' clothes when dese wears out?
"Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives" by Work Projects Administration
Yet the race for life was wearing her out.
"Lives of Girls Who Became Famous" by Sarah Knowles Bolton
I had begun to work and wear out the pain in my back.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
We're only wearing out our horses in trying to turn this herd.
"Wells Brothers" by Andy Adams
It will be well for us to ponder well the inevitable consumption and slow decay that is surely wearing out these Old Baptist churches.
"Personal Recollections of Pardee Butler" by Pardee Butler
Dress and gossips soon wear out.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
You are simply wearing your face out!
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
It is curious to see a superstition wearing out.
"The Works of Charles Lamb in Four Volumes, Volume 4" by Charles Lamb
Have you any idea that sin will wear out?
"New Tabernacle Sermons" by Thomas De Witt Talmage
Torp wears herself out evolving tasty dishes for him, and in return he plays cards with her.
"The Dangerous Age" by Karin Michaëlis
To wear elaborate clothes out of doors in the country, is quite as out of place as to parade "sports" clothes on the streets in town.
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
Are the orders as to wearing equipment carried out?
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
And then I began to be afraid of dying, and my heart would beat so I thought it would wear out.
"Mary Cary" by Kate Langley Bosher
He swore to the day of his death that any woman who'd wear 'a dug-out dress' was a hussy.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
It is not suffering alone that wears out our lives.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 76, February, 1864" by Various
She must wear out her illusions, as she would wear out her glistening silk dress.
"The Other Girls" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
But surely we are put into this world to do good; and it is better to wear out than to rust out.
"True to his Colours" by Theodore P. Wilson
Prosperity tends to longevity, if we do not wear life away or burn it out in the feverish pursuit of wealth.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
If they had to do much of that sort of thing, they would soon wear themselves out.
"Ben Hadden" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

So you not know
My joy at length
Will all wear out
Your solemn strength?
"The Stream’s Song" by Lascelles Abercrombie
Sorrow and pain wear out my days,
I waste the night with cries,
Counting the minutes as they pass,
Till the slow morning rise.
"Psalm 6" by Isaac Watts
Grim time the fairest fame will flout,
But though his name be blotted out,
And he forgotten with his peers,
His stone may wear a year of years.
"Epitaph" by Robert W Service
Since ages longer than he can know,
The grave-digger brings his human woe,
That never wears out, and lays its head
Slowly down in that earthy bed.
"The Grave-Digger" by Emile Verhaeren
Here rest the weary oar! -- soft airs
Breathe out in the o'erarching sky;
And Night!-- sweet Night -- serenely wears
A smile of peace; her noon is nigh.
"The Venetian Gondolier" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Blow on me, wind, out of the early morn,
And bear away from me the wear and fret;
Bring me the perfume of the blooming corn,
And I will sing through many a springtime yet!
"A Breath Of Morn" by Maurice Thompson

In news:

Wearing a Santa suit out in public is an acceptable fashion choice approximately one month plus one day of the year (Thanksgiving through Christmas, and then once again for Christmas in July.).
Check out this dad ridiculing his son for wearing skinny jeans.
Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor wears gloves as he checks out a photo in the Yolo County Archives on Buckeye Street in Woodland.
The committee, proposed last month by Town Manager Paul Cohen, will examine the feasibility of adding the manmade surfaces, which allow for more usage because they don't wear out like natural grass.
California employers must now accommodate religious attire and not place people who wear it out of public view.
The leadership at Gulfstream was wearing out their dancing shoes yesterday at media conference.
When do movie franchises wear out.
What happens when your favorite pair of jeans wears out.
Given Justin Bieber's recent love of tweeting out shirtless photos of himself, perhaps we should be glad he was wearing anything at all.
When Kate Moss designs - or even wears - something, it sells out faster than Coachella tickets.
Work out and wear what the pros wear.
The logo also won't be replaced when it wears out in carpeting.
The clutch is a wear item and will eventually wear out.
"I do a talk on Tina Turner," Yale doctoral candidate Madison Moore told The Observer recently, "and I wear a fringed skirt and bust out some Tina moves.
They were out in full force until 1pm wearing signs and encouraging beeps from passing cars.
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In science:

We would like to point out that this fitting optimization behaves particularly well, even when the drawings have suffered serious wear.
Optimization in Differentiable Manifolds in Order to Determine the Method of Construction of Prehistoric Wall-Paintings
Gold does not chemically react with water, so chemical effects can be ruled out in the wear tests of gold, opposite to most other materials.
Moisture Effects on Nanowear of Gold Films
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