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having the nap worn off so as to lay bare the threads of the warp and woof, as a fabric, garment, etc.
wearing threadbare clothes; shabby or poor:
a threadbare old man.
meager, scanty, or poor:
a threadbare emotional life.
hackneyed; trite; ineffectively stale:
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In the unlimited leisure of the wilderness, discussion had been worn
jeans were given an instant history and then sold for three figures.
Curiously enough it was this
résumé that got me on so many shortlists.
Meanwhile, an already
safety net keeps thinning.
than the first rope and covered with slime.
Four poles were lodged at the four corners, and a musty,
cloth was mounted as a cover.
Dangerous predators are a precious rarity on this mangled and
in places, have not been replaced.
Maybe, but these labels are looking a little
Epic has been used to the extent of
and gross this year.
British Dictionary definitions for
(of cloth, clothing, etc) having the nap worn off so that the threads are exposed
meagre or poor
a threadbare existence
a threadbare argument
wearing threadbare clothes; shabby
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