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    A woman is 'wearing it thin' - song lyrics

    On the opposite side of the wind
    A woman is wearing it thin
    The opposite side of her skin

    More lyrics here.

    I know what 'wear thin' means, yet I'm not sure if it works the same with 'it' here? What does 'wear something thin' normally mean? Also, do you think it's a play on the word 'thin-skinned', too?(I know, that smells of asking for interpretation, but I would just like to know if linguistically, you'd make the association.)

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    Re: A woman is 'wearing it thin' - song lyrics

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    On the opposite side of the wind
    A woman is wearing it thin
    The opposite side of her skin

    More lyrics here.

    I know what 'wear thin' means, yet I'm not sure if it works the same with 'it' here? What does 'wear something thin' normally mean? Also, do you think it's a play on the word 'thin-skinned', too?(I know, that smells of asking for interpretation, but I would just like to know if linguistically, you'd make the association.)
    You could be right. Or not.

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    Re: A woman is 'wearing it thin' - song lyrics

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    You could be right. Or not.


    I'll just go for something instrumental.

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    Re: A woman is 'wearing it thin' - song lyrics

    There is surprisingly (in my opinion) little evidence for "to wear something thin" being used. Would it be unnatural to talk about wearing a fabric thin?

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    Re: A woman is 'wearing it thin' - song lyrics

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post


    I'll just go for something instrumental.
    Song lyrics can be both fun and really challenging even for native speakers. I wouldn't use this as a model for everyday English use but it is a great way to explore the language. Good luck though because it can be a pain!

    SongMeanings | Lyrics | Oren Lavie - The Opposite Side Of The Sea

    Fans will sometimes discuss meaning and interpretation on the above site.

    Not a teacher.
    :)

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    Re: A woman is 'wearing it thin' - song lyrics

    Quote Originally Posted by SanMar View Post
    Song lyrics can be both fun and really challenging even for native speakers. I wouldn't use this as a model for everyday English use but it is a great way to explore the language. Good luck though because it can be a pain!

    SongMeanings | Lyrics | Oren Lavie - The Opposite Side Of The Sea

    Fans will sometimes discuss meaning and interpretation on the above site.

    Not a teacher.
    :)
    I've been browsing various sites but haven't found much information to be honest (and that's a euphemism). Thing with lyrics is that I'm sometimes not sure if I lack language or interpretative skills. Probably both. ;) But if I don't know the language, then I can forget everything else, hence my questions.

    Since I see no immediate answers from NESs, I'll just assume the phrase's ambiguous to them, too.

    And now I'll stop pestering you with lyrics




    for now. :D

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