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English definition of “threadbare”

threadbare

adjective uk   /ˈθred.beər/ us    /-ber/

threadbare adjective (THIN)

describes material or clothes that have become thin or damaged because they have been used a lot: a threadbare coat

threadbare adjective (WEAK)

A threadbare excuse, argument, or idea is not strong and no longer persuades people because it is old or has been used too much: a threadbare excuse
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