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retread

When you do the same thing again, or walk along the same path, you retread. You might love a writer's first book, but you'll still be disappointed if she only retreads the same plot in her second one.

You can, quite literally, retread your steps through the woods to find the beautiful grove of ferns you saw yesterday. You can also figuratively retread: "That candidate just retreads the same points over and over again!" When a car mechanic uses this word, it means "put new treads on a tire," or as a noun, the new surface of the tire itself. During World War I, retread was Australian slang for a "re-enlisted soldier."

Definitions of retread
  1. verb
    use again in altered form
    retread an old plot”
    synonyms: make over, rework
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    type of:
    process, work, work on
    shape, form, or improve a material
  2. verb
    give new treads to (a tire)
    synonyms: remold, remould
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    type of:
    regenerate, renew
    reestablish on a new, usually improved, basis or make new or like new
  3. noun
    a used automobile tire that has been remolded to give it new treads
    synonyms: recap
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    type of:
    auto tire, automobile tire, car tire, rubber tire
    a tire consisting of a rubber ring around the rim of an automobile wheel
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