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Definition of Threadbare


  1. Worn to the naked thread; having the nap worn off; threadbare clothes.
  2. Fig.: Worn out; as, a threadbare subject; stale topics and threadbare quotations.

Threadbare Quotations

This age thinks better of a gilded fool Than of a threadbare saint in wisdom's school.
Thomas Dekker

I have this threadbare caftan from the '60s that I got at a vintage store years ago - it's basically a muumuu. My friends are astonished that I wear it, but I love it. It's this light fabric that just moves with me.
Gabrielle Anwar

Acting doesn't have to be threadbare misery all the time.
Fiona Shaw

Yes, threadbare seem his songs, to lettered ken - they were worn threadbare next the hearts of men.
William Watson

Economize in other things if you must, wear threadbare clothes if necessary, but never cheat your body or brain by the quality and quantity of your food. Poor, cheap food which produces low vitality and inferior brain force is the worst kind of economy.
Orison Swett Marden
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Threadbare Translations

threadbare in German is fadenscheinige, fadenscheinig, fadenscheinig
threadbare in Spanish is calvo
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