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The penguin metaphor construct becomes increasingly threadbare as the seasons progress.

From Time

Because few of the alternatives are ready to be tested, and the bit that can be is so threadbare that marketers wouldn’t learn much.

From Digiday

Taiwan doesn’t suffer from a threadbare healthcare system or poor government management when it comes to Covid-19.

From Quartz

I’ll wear it to every party—until it’s threadbare, and then I’m sure I’ll have horror stories connected to it once that happens.

From Time

The Kremlin of course denies this, but such denials are threadbare in the aftermath of at least three high-profile poisonings since 2006 of people opposing the regime or associated with regime opponents.

From Ozy

Even though there is a threadbare concession stand, overflowing picnic baskets abound.

Instead, Carson tends to alternate between inflammatory arguments and threadbare truisms.

Immigration and tax policy are just as beggared and threadbare and awful.

On the other hand, the economic model is as threadbare as many of the buildings and much of the island's infrastructure.

Sequestration tore at our threadbare social safety net, and this deal leaves the damage intact.

The trick that he hit upon was the stalest, the most threadbare, the most commonplace and vulgar that one can imagine.

It is used to divert attention from poverty of thought and a threadbare vocabulary.

Moreover he had torn his threadbare overalls and his hot face was smeared where he had rubbed off the mosquitoes with dirty hands.

No one should pretend to write upon so threadbare a topic without having at least some novelty of expression.

The fireplace gave the room a cheerful appearance but she could not fail to notice the threadbare rug, the scanty furniture.


On this page you'll find 109 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to threadbare, such as: faded, ratty, scruffy, shabby, shopworn, and tacky.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.