seen better days

Meaning(s)

1. something old and in a bad condition

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my car has seen better days, I need a new one

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Something which is said to have 'seen better days' is considered well used, old or in generally bad condition. This is an idiomatic expression which is often used as a polite way of saying something needs to be replaced or looks old.

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  1. That jacket you're always wearing has seen better days. Why don't you get yourself a new one?
  2. Not only is my fridge on its last legs, my car has seen better days too. I think I'd better start saving up some money!

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  1. The building we're working in has seen better days. It's not good for staff to have to work in such a cramped, dilapidated environment.
  2. I think we need to innovate this product. The design is dated and has seen better days.

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