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thread·bare

 (thrĕd′bâr′)
adj.
1. Having the nap worn down so that the filling or warp threads show through; frayed or shabby: threadbare rugs.
2. Wearing old, shabby clothing.
3. Overused to the point of being worn out; hackneyed: threadbare excuses.

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
ˈthreadˌbareness n

thread•bare

(ˈθrɛdˌbɛər)

adj.
1. having the nap worn off so as to lay bare the threads of the weave, as a fabric or garment.
2. wearing threadbare clothes; shabby or poor.
3. hackneyed; trite; ineffectively stale: threadbare arguments.
4. meager, scanty, or poor: a threadbare account or report.
[1325–75]
thread′bare`ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.threadbare - repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse; "bromidic sermons"; "his remarks were trite and commonplace"; "hackneyed phrases"; "a stock answer"; "repeating threadbare jokes"; "parroting some timeworn axiom"; "the trite metaphor `hard as nails'"
unoriginal - not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual; "the manuscript contained unoriginal emendations"; "his life had been unoriginal, conforming completely to the given pattern"- Gwethalyn Graham
2.threadbare - having the nap worn away so that the threads show through; "threadbare rugs"
worn - affected by wear; damaged by long use; "worn threads on the screw"; "a worn suit"; "the worn pockets on the jacket"

threadbare

adjective
1. shabby, worn, frayed, old, ragged, worn-out, scruffy, tattered, tatty, down at heel She sat cross-legged on a square of threadbare carpet.
shabby new, good, smart, brand-new, well-preserved
2. hackneyed, common, tired, stale, corny (slang), stock, familiar, conventional, stereotyped, commonplace, well-worn, trite, clichéd, overused, cliché-ridden the government's threadbare domestic policies
hackneyed new, different, original, fresh, novel, unusual, unfamiliar, unconventional

threadbare

adjective
1. Showing signs of wear and tear or neglect:
Informal: tacky.
Slang: ratty.
Idioms: all the worse for wear, gone to pot, past cure.
Translations
بالٍ، رَث
obnošenýošumnělý
tyndslidt
snjáîur
eskimişincelmiş

threadbare

[ˈθredbɛəʳ] ADJ [coat, blanket, carpet] → raído, gastado (fig) [argument] → trillado

threadbare

[ˈθrɛdbɛər] adj [carpet] → râpé(e), élimé(e)

threadbare

adjabgewetzt, fadenscheinig; clothes alsoabgetragen; carpet alsoabgelaufen; (fig) argumentfadenscheinig; jokeabgedroschen; ideaveraltet

threadbare

[ˈθrɛdˌbɛəʳ] adj (coat, blanket) → logoro/a, consumato/a, liso/a (fig) (argument) → trito/a

thread

(θred) noun
1. a thin strand of cotton, wool, silk etc, especially when used for sewing. a needle and some thread.
2. the spiral ridge around a screw. This screw has a worn thread.
3. the connection between the various events or details (in a story, account etc). I've lost the thread of what he's saying.
verb
1. to pass a thread through. I cannot thread this needle; The child was threading beads.
2. to make (one's way) through. She threaded her way through the crowd.
ˈthreadbare adjective
(of material) worn thin; shabby. a threadbare jacket.
References in classic literature ?
They found Mary, as usual, deep in the study of thorough-bass and human nature; and had some extracts to admire, and some new observations of threadbare morality to listen to.
Their position was perhaps the happiest of all positions in the social scale, being above the line at which neediness ends, and below the line at which the CONVENANCES begin to cramp natural feelings, and the stress of threadbare modishness makes too little of enough.
Let us leave it to the reviewers to abuse such effusions of fancy at their leisure, and over every new novel to talk in threadbare strains of the trash with which the press now groans.
He wore the same suit that I had seen him in five years before; it was torn and stained, threadbare, and it hung upon him loosely, as though it had been made for someone else.
Nevertheless, he in his embroidered clothes, and Samuel Adams in his threadbare coat, wrought together in the cause of liberty.
No prepossession for the mere antique (and in this case we can imagine no other prepossession) should induce us to dignify with the sacred name of poetry, a series, such as this, of elaborate and threadbare compliments, stitched, apparently, together, without fancy, without plausibility, and without even an attempt at adaptation.
Levin saw proofs of this in his dress, in the old-fashioned threadbare coat, obviously not his everyday attire, in his shrewd deep-set eyes, in his idiomatic, fluent Russian, in the imperious tone that had become habitual from long use, and in the resolute gestures of his large, red, sunburnt hands, with an old betrothal ring on the little finger.
That you will remember me only as the little shabby girl you protected with so much tenderness, from whose threadbare dress you have kept away the rain, and whose wet feet you have dried at your fire.
Neither at that, nor treble the sum," responded the gaunt, grizzled, and threadbare Peter Goldthwaite.
Dog of an unbeliever,'' said an old man, whose threadbare tunic bore witness to his poverty, as his sword, and dagger, and golden chain intimated his pretensions to rank, ``whelp of a she-wolf
This picture brought such an agony of pleasurable suf- fering that he worked it over and over again in his mind and set it up in new and varied lights, till he wore it threadbare.
The hard, narrow, wretched, rickety bed of Don Quixote stood first in the middle of this star-lit stable, and close beside it Sancho made his, which merely consisted of a rush mat and a blanket that looked as if it was of threadbare canvas rather than of wool.