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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of use up.
  • adj. Worn out; depleted; exhausted; having nothing left; useless, due to the expenditure of all resources.

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  • "Killed: a military saying, originating from a message sent by the late General Guise, on the expedition at Car-thagena, where he desired the commander in chief to order him some more grenadiers, for those he had were all used up."
    - Francis Grose, 'The Vulgar Tongue'.

    September 9, 2008