Definition of threadbare adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈθredbeə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈθredber//
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  1. 1(of cloth, clothing, etc.) old and thin because it has been used a lot a threadbare carpet The carpets had worn rather threadbare.
  2. 2(of an argument, excuse, etc.) that does not have much effect, especially because it has been used too much
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: threadbare