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C2 If ​yourpatiencewearsthin, you ​become less and less ​patient: I've ​warned you several ​times about being late and my ​patience is ​wearingthin.
C2 If something such as a ​jokewearsthin, it ​becomesboring or ​annoying or ​stops being ​funny or ​effective, because it has been ​seen, ​heard, or used too much: Tony, the ​joke is ​beginning to wear ​thin now - it's ​time to ​stop. Her ​standardexcuse for being late was ​beginning to wear ​thin.
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