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Autor:  Ana M
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Data:  19/OUT/2005 9:29 PM
Assunto:  Pearl Jam lyrics
 
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Alô Pessoal!
Yes, definitely poetic license. :)
I believe that the definition of "to wear" here refers not to wearing clothing but is this lyricist's poetic way of saying something like: She gave me all she had been through, her experience in life thus far, especially because it follows the line: All I taught her was everything.
His car is none the worse for wear.
That bike has sustained a lot of wear and tear.
Bearing in mind the fallibility of my Michaelis dictionary, here are a few phrases using this definition of "wear":
wear and tear (of time) desgaste natural
He is the worse for wear: Ele está muito esgotado.
(Just a coincidence the dictionary uses the same phrases as in my sample sentences; they are very common.)

It doesn't sound like "she" had a lot of "wear" but what she had, she "gave" to him :)
Hope this helps a little.
Great music!!
Abraços,
Ana


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Pearl Jam lyrics  –  Pedro Henrique  19/OUT/2005, 2:30 PM
Pearl Jam lyrics  –  paulo vidal  19/OUT/2005, 3:17 PM
Pearl Jam lyrics  –  mrob  19/OUT/2005, 6:24 PM
 Pearl Jam lyrics  –  Ana M  19/OUT/2005, 9:29 PM

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