One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he wore old jeans and a worn-out shirt’
shabby, well worn, worn, worn to shreds, threadbare, tattered, in tatters, in ribbons, in rags, in holes, holey, falling to pieces, falling apart at the seams, ragged, frayed, patched, moth-eaten, faded, seedy, shoddy, sorry, scruffy, dilapidated, crumbling, broken-down, run down, tumbledown, decrepit, deteriorated, on its last legs, having seen better days, time-worn
informal tatty, ratty, the worse for wear, clapped out
British informal grotty
North American informal raggedy, raggedy-ass
NZ Australian informal warby
2‘they were slogging away and looked pretty well worn out’
exhausted, fatigued, tired, tired out, weary, wearied, strained, drained, worn, drawn, wan, sapped, spent, careworn, haggard, hollow-cheeked, hollow-eyed, gaunt, pinched, pale, peaky, pasty-faced, washed out, ashen, blanched
informal worn to a frazzle, all in, done in, dog-tired, dead on one's feet, dead beat, fit to drop, played out, fagged out, shattered, bushed
British informal knackered, whacked, jiggered
North American informal pooped, tuckered out
3‘they portrayed the opposition as the party of worn-out ideas’
obsolete, antiquated, old, well worn, stale, time-worn, hackneyed, banal, trite, overused, overworked, stereotyped, clichéd, unoriginal, derivative, unimaginative, commonplace, common, pedestrian, prosaic, run-of-the-mill, stock, conventional
informal played out, corny, hacky, old hat
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