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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 ?
Thus, she was fain to shrink deeper into herself, as it were, as if in the hope of making people suppose that here was only a cloak and hood, threadbare and woefully faded, taking an airing in the midst of the storm, without any wearer!
He was just out of the hospital--but the story was worn threadbare, and how could he prove it?
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 attachment of Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax became commonplace, threadbare, stale in the comparison, exciting no surprize, presenting no disparity, affording nothing to be said or thought.
A hit -- a palpable hit," said the captain, jocosely exhibiting the tails of his threadbare shooting jacket, as a practical commentary on Magdalen's remark.
So Martha hid herself, and in came little Bob, the father, with at least three feet of comforter exclusive of the fringe, hanging down before him; and his threadbare clothes darned up and brushed, to look seasonable; and Tiny Tim upon his shoulder.
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
He could hear nothing, but the drip, drip on the threadbare carpet.
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.
I put the shoes first advisedly, for they made an even deeper impression upon me than a seedy black coat, a pair of threadbare trousers, a flabby cravat, or a crumpled shirt collar.
At last I tore my eyes from it for a moment and saw that the hail curtain had worn threadbare, and that the sky was lightening with the promise of the Sun.
Then I minutely examined my clothes and thought that everything looked old, worn and threadbare.