Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
worse for wear
worse for wear
1) not in good condition/the best state, has some defects/flaws, not (looking) as good as it could be (/look)
How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
he's a bit/little worse for wear after drinking/being sick
Something which is 'worse for wear' is in a bad condition due to overuse or worn from being used often over time. With objects 'worse for wear' usually means something is no longer in good condition. A person who is worse for wear has probably been through a difficult experience, is very sick or has been drinking a large amount of alcohol the night before.
Social Examples (Basic)
These books were damaged by water. You can still read them butthey are a bit worse for wear.
After the car accident, she wasworse for wear, she had cuts on her face and a broken arm.
A: "How are you feeling today?" B: "A bitworse for wear. I think I'm getting a cold.
Professional Examples (Basic)
It really doesn't send a good signal to clients when our employees turn up to work worse for wear.
It helps to create good conditions to work in with new, functional furniture rather than second-hand items that are worse for wear.
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