thread bare

threadbare

[thred-bair]
adjective
1.
having the nap worn off so as to lay bare the threads of the warp and woof, as a fabric, garment, etc.
2.
wearing threadbare clothes; shabby or poor: a threadbare old man.
3.
meager, scanty, or poor: a threadbare emotional life.
4.
hackneyed; trite; ineffectively stale: threadbare arguments.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English thredbare. See thread, bare1

threadbareness, noun
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threadbare (ˈθrɛdˌbɛə)
 
adj
1.  (of cloth, clothing, etc) having the nap worn off so that the threads are exposed
2.  meagre or poor: a threadbare existence
3.  hackneyed: a threadbare argument
4.  wearing threadbare clothes; shabby
 
'threadbareness
 
n

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