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1Damaged or destroyed by moths.
- ‘Inside, I would probably find nothing of interest: maybe some moth-eaten old clothes and someone's forgotten junk.’
- ‘The tiny window on the wall to my right is covered by moth-eaten cream curtains (well, it looks like they were cream once but have since degraded through dust invasion and misuse to a light brown).’
- ‘Needless to say, all of the interior was filled with dust and two or three large cobwebs were hanging from the corners, and all the remaining furniture was moth-eaten.’
- ‘The musty, moth-eaten curtains, once a grand crimson, were now dull brown and drooping listlessly.’
- ‘He wore a moth-eaten old fur cap and a shabby overcoat that was stretched tightly across his paunchy belly.’
- ‘Grunge has been a recurrent theme in fashion since the early 1990s, when rockers like Cobain transformed kilts, moth-eaten sweaters and lumberjack plaids into the insignia of yuppie revolt.’
- ‘Riley lay on his moth-eaten sofa, dead to the world.’
- ‘But the room was almost empty except for 2 stools, a short table, a thin moth-eaten blanket, and an empty bookcase.’
- ‘Mr. Monkey turns out to be a moth-eaten glove puppet.’
- ‘He covered her with the moth-eaten blankets and the stale smell of the room clung to the walls and to her.’
- ‘‘I think there's a story here,’ said Kelendom grinning as he sat down in a moth-eaten chair.’
- ‘Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten.’
- ‘We had a sheriff who played Santa Claus every year decked out in an unconvincing, moth-eaten, red suit.’
- ‘A four-poster bed with a slightly moth-eaten canopy lay in one corner, appearing as if it hadn't been used for many a night, and a table stood beside it.’
- ‘These clothes were dirty, old, moth-eaten, and had been out of fashion for at least fifty years.’
- ‘His mane is a little threadbare and Mum threatens to bin him calling him moth-eaten!’
- ‘When you think of seaside hotels, moth-eaten candlewick bedspreads and ferocious landladies usually come to mind.’
- ‘Can a moth-eaten camelhair coat be repaired?’
- ‘After the room was filled with the warmth of the cheery fire, I tossed the newspaper onto the moth-eaten sofa and sat down behind my desk to at last fill out the bills I'd neglected the day before.’
- ‘I was fascinated by a stall selling second-hand woolly hats, the kind favoured by old ladies, seized upon here by trendy teenagers who were wearing them with moth-eaten fur coats.’
- 1.1 Old-fashioned and no longer appropriate or useful.
threadbare, worn out, well worn, worn, old, shabby, scruffy, decrepit, tattered, ragged, holey, frayed, mangy, unkempttatty, the worse for wear, ratty, scuzzy, grungyraggedyView synonyms
- ‘If you enter any big library, in one corner of it, some age-worn, moth-eaten books may greet you.’
- ‘We sit in the moth-eaten upstairs lounge overlooking the St Helen's ground, with the surf pounding the adjacent beach.’
- ‘Why is he skulking around in moth-eaten academia anyway?’
- ‘As she buried herself under the thin, moth-eaten sheets, she knew it was no use trying to sleep, she had two hours of it in the carriage, and the way Zacharias was noisily rummaging through his suitcase wasn't helping.’
- ‘I've made this guy look cheerful, when actually he's pensive and moth-eaten and sad.’
- ‘Looking back at me was the late Bill Rose, grumpier and more moth-eaten than I remembered.’
- ‘Archie performs his moth-eaten variety act before dwindling audiences in dog-eared music hall theatres.’
- ‘There was a shoddy wooden control tower, with a moth-eaten windsock and several obsolete instruments on it.’
- ‘Perhaps I just feel sorry for those whose slightly moth-eaten faces do not fit any more.’
- ‘Only occasionally does someone throw a handful of change into his moth-eaten guitar case, something he doesn't always bother to leave out.’
- ‘This is such moth-eaten economics it ought to be discarded.’
- ‘That is not to be, as in this moth-eaten tale of an honest cop versus the criminal underworld, there is nothing we have not seen and been weary of in the past.’
- ‘Yeah, cos the map got a little moth-eaten and I have to navigate through the blank patches.’
- ‘It's certainly true that students retain a strange willingness to welcome back the moth-eaten cultural icons of the Eighties.’
- ‘Indeed, in the flesh he has more than a passing resemblance to a slightly moth-eaten circus lion.’
- ‘In the Members Hall, the pictures of former Prime Ministers, Speakers and Presidents of the Senate have been taken down - but the real concern is over the moth-eaten Leader of the Opposition.’
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