Meaning of the worse for wear in English:

the worse for wear

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informal
  • 1In a poor condition; worn or shabby.

    • ‘the plane had been kept outside the motel for 30 years and was beginning to look the worse for wear’
    • ‘The living-room is somewhat the worse for wear, with a threadbare dark red carpet.’
    • ‘Most of these filled baskets looked a little the worse for wear but there were a couple that were in reasonable condition.’
    • ‘It is rather the worse for wear, very grainy with pronounced film defects.’
    • ‘It now consisted of two rooms and a kitchen with a rather forlorn looking hotplate that looked the worse for wear.’
    • ‘The bear had obviously been well-loved by a previous owner and was somewhat the worse for wear.’
    • ‘In the end, though, the truck didn't appear to be much the worse for wear, and they drove it away.’
    • ‘Plus, it looks amazing, a Gothic monstrosity the worse for wear after years of decay and gutting by fire.’
    • ‘The same thing with the condition of this guy's coat - he looked like he'd probably seen a fight or two, but didn't look the worse for wear because of it.’
    • ‘In fact the Finuge pitch, despite the best efforts of the committee, looked the worse for wear after the summer deluge and was not suitable for such an important fixture.’
    • ‘The paint seemed to be rather the worse for wear, her thick mascara tracing black lines down her thin cheeks with the tears that she seemed to be unable to stop.’
    shabby, run down, worn out, falling to pieces, falling apart, dilapidated, rickety, ramshackle, crumbling, decayed, antiquated, superannuated, decrepit, on its last legs, battered
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  • 2Feeling rather unwell, especially as a result of drinking too much alcohol.

    • ‘we had a bad trip, and he emerged from his cabin looking the worse for wear’
    • ‘Quite often he'd be drunk and rather the worse for wear.’
    • ‘McDonald said she was ‘near-speechless with indignation and anger’ at implications by the police that she had been the worse for wear after drinking.’
    • ‘As licensees we don't accept the blame for violent thugs who run riot anywhere because if, in our opinion, we feel someone in our pubs is the worse for wear because of drink then we refuse to serve them.’
    • ‘I got the bus at Clapham Common, and three young Australian women got on, rather the worse for wear, one of them with a Smirnoff Ice in her hand.’
    • ‘As a rule, sailors who are the worse for wear for drink won't face charges - providing their actions do not harm other sailors or civilians.’
    • ‘On match days, both pubs will be brimming over with fans, many the worse for wear from alcohol.’
    • ‘He was not in good physical shape and tended to be rather the worse for wear after lunch.’
    • ‘Investigations revealed he was a regular hash user and on this occasion was feeling particularly the worse for wear because he had been drinking heavily the night before.’
    • ‘Checking the following evening, she was still the worse for wear, but said she had only consumed three glasses of wine, remembering nothing of the remaining evening, including how she got home.’
    • ‘When I checked on her condition the next day she was still the worse for wear, but said she had only consumed three glasses of wine before remembering nothing of the remaining evening, including how she got home.’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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