wear and tear

wear and tear
noun
decrease in value of an asset due to obsolescence or use
Syn: ↑depreciation
Derivationally related forms: ↑depreciate (for: ↑depreciation)
Hypernyms: ↑financial loss, ↑non-cash expense

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noun
: the loss or injury to which something is subjected by or in the course of use; especially : normal depreciation

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/tair/
damage or deterioration resulting from ordinary use; normal depreciation.
Also, wear-and-tear.
[1660-70]

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tear and wear see wear and tear under ↑wear1
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Main Entry:tear
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wear and tear or (rare) tear and wear
Damage by wear or use
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Main Entry:wear

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wear and tear UK [ˌweər ən ˈteə(r)] US [ˌwer ən ˈter] noun [uncountable]
the changes or damage that normally happen to something that has been used, causing it to be less useful or less valuable
Thesaurus: destruction and damagesynonym

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wear and tear,
loss or damage caused by use.

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wear and tear — see wear, 2
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Main Entry:tear
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wear and tear
: damage that happens to something when it is used for a period of time

The apartment showed no damage other than normal wear and tear.

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Main Entry:wear

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ˌwear and ˈtear idiom
the damage to objects, furniture, property, etc. that is the result of normal use

The insurance policy does not cover damage caused by normal wear and tear.

The living-room carpet has to stand up to the combined wear and tear of two dogs and three children.

Main entry:wearidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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