re-tread

[ree-tred]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), re-trod, re-trodden or re-trod, re-treading.
to tread again.

Origin:
1590–1600; re- + tread

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retread

[v. ree-tred; n. ree-tred]
verb (used with object), retreaded, retreading.
1.
to put a new tread on (a worn pneumatic tire casing) either by recapping or by cutting fresh treads in the smooth surface.
2.
to repeat or do over, especially without the boldness or inventiveness of the original.
noun
3.
a tire that has been retreaded.
4.
Slang. a person returned to active work after retirement, dismissal, etc.
5.
a person retrained for a new or more modern job or task.
6.
Informal. a repeating, reviving, or reworking of an old or familiar idea, presentation, story, etc., especially when unimaginative or hackneyed; rehash: a boring retread of a classic movie.
7.
Slang. a person representing older or previous times, ideas, policies, etc., especially when they are deemed passé or tiresome.

Origin:
1885–90; re- + tread

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retread
 
vb , -treads, -treading, -treaded
1.  (tr) another word for remould
 
n
2.  another word for remould
3.  informal (Austral), (NZ) a pensioner who has resumed employment, esp in a former profession
4.  a film, piece of music, etc, which is a superficially altered version of an earlier original

re-tread (riːˈtrɛd)
 
vb , -treads, -treading, -trod, -trodden, -trod
(tr) to tread or walk over (one's steps) again

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retread
"to put a new tread on (a tire)," 1908, from re- "back, again" + tread (q.v.). The noun is attested from 1914; in World War I it was Australian slang for "a re-enlisted soldier."
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retread definition

[ˈritrɛd]
  1. n.
    a burned-out person; a made-over person. : Chuck is just a retread. He's through.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
Retread tires also help divert thousands of scrap tires from disposal each year.
The safety of people working in the tire retread, repair, and recycling industries must also be considered.
Finally, consider buying retread tires to encourage markets that reuse old tires.
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