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Chinese (Simplified) translation of “wear thin”

wear thin

informal
If your patience wears thin , you become less and less patient
逐渐失去耐心
I've warned you several times about being late and my patience is wearing thin .
我多次警告你不要迟到,我对你已经失去耐心了。
Bad-tempered
If something such as a joke wears thin , it becomes boring or annoying or stops being funny or effective , because it has been seen , heard or used too much
(因出现太多而)失去吸引力(或趣味),不再有效
Tony , the joke is beginning to wear thin now and a lot of us have had enough.
“托尼,那个笑话现在已经变得不那么可笑了,我们很多人都听够了。”
Her standard excuse for being late was beginning to wear thin .
她迟到时常用的那个借口已经开始不太管用了。
Deteriorating and making worse
(Definition of wear thin from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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