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 for Wear and tear
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tear \Tear\, n.
     The act of tearing, or the state of being torn; a rent; a
     fissure. --Macaulay.
     [1913 Webster]
     Wear and tear. See under Wear, n.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wear \Wear\, n.
     1. The act of wearing, or the state of being worn;
        consumption by use; diminution by friction; as, the wear
        of a garment.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. The thing worn; style of dress; the fashion.
        [1913 Webster]
              Motley 's the only wear.              --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. The result of wearing or use; consumption, diminution, or
        impairment due to use, friction, or the like; as, the wear
        of this coat has been good.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     Wear and tear, the loss by wearing, as of machinery in use;
        the loss or injury to which anything is subjected by use,
        accident, etc.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  wear and tear
      n 1: decrease in value of an asset due to obsolescence or use
           [syn: depreciation, wear and tear]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  30 Moby Thesaurus words for "wear and tear":
     ablation, atomization, attrition, breakup, consumption, corrosion,
     crumbling, decay, decomposition, decrement, degradation,
     deliquescence, depletion, dilapidation, disintegration,
     disjunction, disorganization, dissipation, dissolution, erosion,
     exhaustion, incoherence, loss, ravages of time, resolution,
     shrinkage, use, waste, wear, weathering

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