Wear and tear
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. [1913 Webster]

2. The thing worn; style of dress; the fashion. [1913 Webster]

Motley 's the only wear. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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