wear and tear


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wear and tear

 (târ)
n.
Loss, damage, or depreciation resulting from ordinary use and exposure.

wear and tear

n
damage, depreciation, or loss resulting from ordinary use

wear′ and tear′

(tɛər)
n.
damage or deterioration resulting from ordinary use; normal depreciation.
[1660–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wear and tear - decrease in value of an asset due to obsolescence or usewear and tear - decrease in value of an asset due to obsolescence or use
non-cash expense - an expense (such as depreciation) that is not paid for in cash
financial loss - loss of money or decrease in financial value
straight-line method, straight-line method of depreciation - (accounting) a method of calculating depreciation by taking an equal amount of the asset's cost as an expense for each year of the asset's useful life
write-down, write-off - (accounting) reduction in the book value of an asset
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This, with the wear and tear of clothing and calking tools, made my regular expenses about six dollars per week.
It would have done so, pretty surely, in conjunction with the mental wear and tear I had suffered, but for the unnatural strain upon me that to-morrow was.
The manufactured cotton is more valuable than the raw cotton, because the manufacture costs wear and tear of machinery, wear and tear of the factory, rent of the ground upon which the factory is built, and human labor, or wear and tear of live men, which has to be made good by food, shelter, and rest.
The inquest had ended in a verdict of accidental death, caused by the wear and tear of the chains by which the chandelier was hung from the ceiling; but it was the duty of both the old and the new managers to have discovered this wear and tear and to have remedied it in time.
That," said Don Quixote, "does not apply to me, for I always go well dressed and never patched; ragged I may be, but ragged more from the wear and tear of arms than of time.
But, the thing will not last now five years, if one includes fashion, wear and tear, &c.
The grip of the land upon the keel of your ship, even if nothing worse comes of it than the wear and tear of tackle and the loss of time, remains in a seaman's memory an indelibly fixed taste of disaster.
If they are coming, Sir Harry will let them move in before the twenty-ninth, and he will cross out the clause about whitewashing the ceilings, because it made them nervous, and put in the fair wear and tear one.
But," rejoined the officer, "could any balloon withstand the wear and tear of such velocity?
The worn patches in the carpets, and the pallor of the drawing-room, where no chair or cover had been renewed for some years, were due not only to the miserable pension, but to the wear and tear of twelve children, eight of whom were sons.
Some of these, what of the wear and tear of freshets and of being stranded long summers on sand-bars, were seasoned and dry and without branches.
Dogs on vacation, boarding at the Cedarwild Animal School, were given every opportunity to recuperate from the hardships and wear and tear of from six months to a year and more on the road.