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 Meanings and Examples of THREADBARE
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threadbare
 a.  worn through till threads show; wearing old, shabby clothing; shabby and poor
Classic Sentence: (16 in 2 pages)
1  They could only place at his disposal a wretched village sacristy, with a few ancient chasubles of threadbare damask adorned with imitation lace.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER VII—CRAVATTE
2  The Bishop took his staff, put on his cloak, on account of his too threadbare cassock, as we have mentioned, and because of the evening breeze which was sure to rise soon, and set out.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER X—THE BISHOP IN THE PRESENCE OF AN UNKNOWN LIGHT
3  It was not very threadbare even now.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 8: CHAPTER IX—CLOISTERED
4  His coat was of the best cut, but threadbare.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 7: CHAPTER III—BABET, GUEULEMER, CLAQUESOUS, AND MONTPARNASS...
5  Laigle's coat was threadbare, but Joly was well dressed.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 12: CHAPTER II—PRELIMINARY GAYETIES
6  He was dressed in black from head to foot, in garments that were very threadbare but clean; a bunch of seals depending from his fob suggested the idea of a watch.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 9: CHAPTER IV—A BOTTLE OF INK WHICH ONLY SUCCEEDED IN WHITEN...
7  Mr. Sowerberry was a tall gaunt, large-jointed man, attired in a suit of threadbare black, with darned cotton stockings of the same colour, and shoes to answer.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER IV
8  A threadbare and venerable device, but useful upon occasion.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In XI. THE ADVENTURE OF THE MISSING THREE-QUARTER
9  At last I tore my eyes from it for a moment and saw that the hail curtain had worn threadbare, and that the sky was lightening with the promise of the sun.
The Time Machine By H. G. Wells
Get Context   In III
10  The threadbare phrases, the inane expressions of sympathy, the cautious words of a reporter won over to conceal the details of a commonplace vulgar death attacked his stomach.
Dubliners By James Joyce
Get Context   In A PAINFUL CASE
11  He was an unshaven little man in a threadbare coat like a gaberdine, with his feet in slippers, and I thought him a harmless fool.
Heart of Darkness By Joseph Conrad
Get Context   In I
12  He could hear nothing, but the drip, drip on the threadbare carpet.
The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde
Get Context   In CHAPTER 13
13  Then I minutely examined my clothes and thought that everything looked old, worn and threadbare.
Notes from the Underground By Feodor Dostoevsky
Get Context   In PART 2: III
14  This young man was dressed in a threadbare blue cloth coat lined with fox fur, that had once been smart, and dirty hempen convict trousers, over which were pulled his thin, dirty, trodden-down boots.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 11: CHAPTER XXV
15  They found Mary, as usual, deep in the study of thorough-bass and human nature; and had some extracts to admire, and some new observations of threadbare morality to listen to.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 12
Example Sentence:
1  The poor adjunct professor hid the threadbare spots on his jacket by sewing leather patches on his sleeves.
2  Pride may lurk under a threadbare cloak.