wear thin

wear thin
verb
deteriorate through use or stress (Freq. 1)
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The constant friction wore out the cloth

Syn: ↑wear, ↑wear off, ↑wear out, ↑wear down
Derivationally related forms: ↑wear (for: ↑wear)
Hypernyms: ↑deteriorate
Hyponyms: ↑ablate, ↑scuff
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

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wear thin
1. To become thin or threadbare through use
2. (of patience) to diminish with excessive calls on it
3. (of excuses) to become less convincing through over-use
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Main Entry:wear

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wear thin phrase
if something such as a feeling or explanation wears thin, it becomes gradually weaker or harder to accept

After 50 pages, the reader’s patience starts to wear thin.

Thesaurus: to become, or to make something weakersynonym
Main entry: wear

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be gradually used up or become less convincing or acceptable

his patience was wearing thin | the joke had started to wear thin

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wear thin
1 : to become weak or ineffective

I'd been waiting almost an hour, and my patience was wearing thin. [=I was losing patience; I was beginning to get annoyed/upset]

2 : to become ineffective or uninteresting because of being too familiar or used too often

The comedy's plot relies on a case of mistaken identity, but the joke wears thin.

His charm is beginning to wear thin.

3 : to become thin because of use

The rug by the door is wearing thin and needs to be replaced.

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Main Entry:wear

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wear ˈthin idiom
to begin to become weaker or less acceptable

These excuses are wearing a little thin

(= because we've heard them so many times before)

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My patience is beginning to wear very thin.

Main entry:wearidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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