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Word: threadbare

Definition: worn through till the threads show; shabby and poor; hackneyed; Ex. threadbare excuses


Sentences Containing 'threadbare'

At last I tore my eyes from it for a moment and saw that the hail curtain had worn threadbare, and that the sky was lightening with the promise of the sun.
I will not go into other particulars, as for example want of shirts, and no superabundance of shoes, thin and threadbare garments, and gorging themselves to surfeit in their voracity when good luck has treated them to a banquet of some sort.
It is a distinct improvement upon the threadbare form of Indian legend.
It is made... almost entirely for the Irish trade" Frieze was to be seen Jubb noted impassively, worn so threadbare it was reduced to "the merest expression of threads crossing each other at right angles... on the back of an Irish pig-jobber or that of an Irish reaper."
Later, Alcyoneus discovered Helenus, Pyrrhus's son, disguised in threadbare clothes.
The adoption of cremation would relieve us of a muck of threadbare burial witticisms; but, on the other hand, it would resurrect a lot of mildewed old cremation jokes that have had a rest for two thousand years.
The hard, narrow, wretched, rickety bed of Don Quixote stood first in the middle of this star-lit stable, and close beside it Sancho made his, which merely consisted of a rush mat and a blanket that looked as if it was of threadbare canvas rather than of wool.
They found Mary, as usual, deep in the study of thorough bass and human nature; and had some extracts to admire, and some new observations of threadbare morality to listen to.

More Vocab Words

::: hackneyed - commonplace; trite
::: arduous - hard; strenuous; Ex. arduous work
::: ignoble - unworthy; not noble; dishonorable; Ex. ignoble deed
::: amputate - cut off part of body; prune (a limb)
::: intrude - put or force in without being asked; trespass; enter as an uninvited person; Ex. intrude one's own opinion into the report; CF. thrust in
::: ludicrous - laughable; ridiculous; trifling
::: empirical - based on experience
::: prophetic - of a prophet or prophecy; having to do with predicting the future; N. prophecy; V. prophesy; N. prophet
::: transmute - transform; change; convert to something different
::: posthumous - after death (as of child born after father's death or book published after author's death); coming or occurring after one's death; Ex. posthumous fame/novel