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Definition of threadbare:

  1. Fig.: Worn out; as, a threadbare subject; stale topics and threadbare quotations.
  2. Worn to the naked thread; having the nap worn off; threadbare clothes.

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tattered, seedy, ragged, excite, musty, shoddy, scrubby, overworked, tired, usual, tatty, overused, broken-down, shabby, worn, dull, everyday, scruffy, platitudinal, warmed-over, sleazy, banal, dingy, timeworn, platitudinous, stale, tacky, hackneyed, rundown, mangy, decrepit, shopworn, stereotypical, tedious, bedraggled, trite, faded, better, seedy, commonplace, down-at-heel, stock, poor, common, bromidic, corny, well-worn, ratty, dilapidated, decaying, old-hat, stereotyped, stale, shabby, unoriginal, stereotypic, worn-out.

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