wear thin

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wear thin deteriorate through use or stress "The constant friction wore out the cloth"
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Usage

In literature:

She loves him mildly and he loves her after a fashion, but her endurance is wearing thin.
"The Heart's Kingdom" by Maria Thompson Daviess
He had forgotten that he was wearing thin, but patent-leather, shoes.
"Happy Pollyooly" by Edgar Jepson
My temper would wear thin in a week if I did.
"The Simpkins Plot" by George A. Birmingham
His hair was turning gray; his face was thin, with a subdued expression I had never expected to see him wear.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 5, No. 28, February, 1860" by Various
Like her elder sister, she was tall and thin, but she did not wear Miss Isobel's look of martyred resignation.
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice
They sleep in the thin cloak and tunic they wear by day.
"Mediæval Wales" by A. G. Little
It began to wear off and wear thin, first in one place and then in another, the rising sun helping to melt it.
"The Curlytops and Their Playmates" by Howard R. Garis
You mean that my novelty would wear thin long before theirs.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
They can be had in very thin material for use in the tropics and for summer wear.
"The Horsewoman" by Alice M. Hayes
This bare rock, like a file, would soon wear Wildfire's hoofs thin.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
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In poetry:

Till the thin clouds wear away
Into threads of purple-gray,
And the sudden stars between
Brighten in the pallid green;
"Sunset" by Archibald Lampman
One shadow glides from the dumb shore,
And one from every silent sail.
One cloud the averted heavens wear,
A soft mask, thin and frail.
"Gloucester Harbor" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
And she’s wearing a dress - she couldn’t do less
Like the fairy in our pantomime was
So delightfully thin - if you got a look in
You could very near see what the time was.
"The Wedding That Never Was" by Billy Bennett
That watched you fill your beds out of the condensation of thin
vapor and watched you change them,
That saw you soft and violent wear your boundaries down, eat
rock, shift places with the continents.
"Continent's End" by Robinson Jeffers
Your sweet voice is all you own,
Save the poor, thin clothes you're wearing,
And you are not quite alone,
For a dog your crust is sharing;
Yet o'er many a weary mile
You have brought ... a song and smile!
"The Wanderer" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

A Loss for Society as Decorum Wears Thin.
Aurora mall's "family-friendly" guideline wears thin.
Suspect(s):Male, black, 5'9" to 5'10", light complexion, thin build, 140-155 pounds, wearing a black and red flannel robe.
Fashion insiders say that words like "edgy" and "genius" are wearing thin and that "modern," used as a synonym for fresh and up to date, is, well, modern.
NBA Is Collins ' patience wearing thin.
The virtues of patience and diplomacy seem to be wearing thin.
The players' patience wears thin when it comes to Abi.
Demi Moore attends the 'Margin Call' premiere at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on October 17, 2011 in New York City looking vacant, wearing her wedding ring and very thin.
H&M's Sales Strategy Wearing Thin ( Frankfurt ).
McDonald said the city knows the situation is wearing thin with residents, especially since the Falls County town has experienced a host of water system problems in recent decades.
To avoid irritation, wear thin rubber gloves and don't touch your face.
But when it comes to rowdy drunks and druggies, the welcome mat is wearing thin.
At just 0.3 inches thin and with an easy-to-wear wristband or clip, SmartWatch makes it easy to stay on top of life with just a tap, touch and a swipe.
The lines are long, the crowds are deep and patience is wearing thin.
'Blame Bush' Strategy Wears Thin as Obama Enters Second Year.
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In science:

Parker 1955, Steenbeck et al. 1966), but half a century hence it is beginning to wear a bit thin.
Theories of the solar cycle : a critical view
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