But as the months of new parenthood wore on, my patience began to wear thin.
And the Daya/Bennett storyline is really starting to wear thin as well.
It is unwise to wear thin, transparent stockings on a cold day.
Some campers like long German stockings, which serve also for leggings, and wear thin cotton socks inside them.
All the better, for we never could wear thin dresses out-of-doors in May!
Elderly men, or those subject to rheumatism, will do well to wear thin flannel suits.
He's gone: come, sweet, let's to church immediately, that I may go and take my revenge: I'll make him wear thin breeches.
Under such circumstances tempers often wear thin, and a habit of bickering takes possession of a mess.
One flannel petticoat will wear nearly as long as two, if turned behind-part before, when the front begins to wear thin.
For the first rapture of the astonishing news was beginning to wear thin, and doubt was appearing in spots.
Old English werian "to clothe, put on," from Proto-Germanic *wazjanan (cf. Old Norse verja, Old High German werian, Gothic gawasjan "to clothe"), from PIE *wes- "to clothe" (cf. Sanskrit vaste "he puts on," vasanam "garment;" Avestan vah-; Greek esthes "clothing," hennymi "to clothe," eima "garment;" Latin vestire "to clothe;" Welsh gwisgo, Breton gwiska; Old English wæstling "sheet, blanket;" Hittite washshush "garments," washanzi "they dress").
The Germanic forms "were homonyms of the vb. for 'prevent, ward off, protect' (Goth. warjan, O.E. werian, etc.), and this was prob. a factor in their early displacement in most of the Gmc. languages" [Buck]. Shifted from a weak verb (past tense and past participle wered) to a strong one (past tense wore, past participle worn) in 14c. on analogy of rhyming strong verbs such as bear and tear.
Secondary sense of "use up, gradually damage" (late 13c.) is from effect of continued use on clothes. To be the worse for wear is attested from 1782; noun phrase wear and tear is first recorded 1660s.
"action of wearing" (clothes), mid-15c., from wear (v.). Meaning "what one wears" is 1570s. To be the worse for wear is attested from 1782; noun phrase wear and tear is first recorded 1660s, implying the sense "process of being degraded by use."