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The meaning of "worse for wear"

" Worse for wear "
Either 1. Shabby and worn out, or 2. Drunk.
1. This winter coat is a few years old now and is starting to look a bit worse for wear. 2. I know it's Jack's leaving do and he wants to stay until the end but, after all those tequia slammers, he's begining to look a little worse for wear.
Where did it originate?:
1. Britain, 16th century. 2. Britain 20th century.
Where is it used?:
Both forms used Worldwide, although 2 is more common in Britain than elsewhere.
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