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re-tread

[ree-tred] /riˈtrɛd/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), re-trod, re-trodden or re-trod, re-treading.
1.
to tread again.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; re- + tread

retread

[v. ree-tred; n. ree-tred] /v. riˈtrɛd; n. ˈriˌtrɛd/
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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British Dictionary definitions for retread

retread

verb (riːˈtrɛd) -treads, -treading, -treaded
1.
(transitive) another word for remould (sense 2)
noun (ˈriːˌtrɛd)
2.
another word for remould (sense 3)
3.
(Austral & NZ, informal) 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/
verb -treads, -treading, -trod, -trodden, -trod
1.
(transitive) to tread or walk over (one's steps) again
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Word Origin and History for retread
v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for retread

retread

noun
  1. A used tire with new tread (1914+)
  2. A former military person recalled or accepted for additional service (WWII armed forces)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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