wear and tear


The gradual deterioration of an asset which results naturally from use and/or age.

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The wear and tear on the machinery was to be expected to occur at an even, slow and steady rate.

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The company van was starting to show signs of wear and tear after driving hundreds of miles every day for five years, delivering packages.

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I had tried to keep my cell phone in good condition, but after two years of carrying it around, the wear and tear on it was readily apparent.

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