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wear something away

to erode something. The constant rains wore the side of the cathedral away. The flooding wore away the topsail.
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wear away

v.
1. To erode or consume something by long or hard use, attrition, or exposure: The sea is wearing away the rocks. Repeated washings have worn the fabric away. The tough climate wears away at the roof.
2. To be gradually eroded or consumed by long or hard use, attrition, or exposure: The paint on the house is wearing away.
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But where are the savings in a drawer full of misshapen, blister-inducing cotton socks one wear away from dust rags?
Memories flood back as the miles wear away on the long journey from the San Fernando Valley.
Manookin wonders whether the changes in Laramie will last or wear away with time.
As mentioned above, old coatings that wear away and/or become "dead" must be removed and reapplied.
While the darker areas might alter the statue's aesthetics, they do not seem to wear away any faster than lighter parts, Baboian says.
The technology provides continuous antimicrobial product protection that will not wash off or wear away, and lasts for the estimated lifetime of the product.
n The sole tips of stiletto heels will wear away quickly: prevent long-term damage to the heel itself, by asking your local cobbler to replace the rubber tips regularly.
I think that is unrealistic, but the point is important because assets must earn a return sufficient to keep them in use, or they will wear away, and the business entity then experiences financial problems.
show that even one heavy rainfall contains enough acid to wear away a few microns of the highly polished marble surface.
Fitch expects delinquencies, particularly in the multifamily and office sectors, to continue to rise during 2004, but is optimistic that modest positive absorption in the office sector will continue to wear away the oversupply, and the small gains being noted in interest rates will help stabilize the population of apartment renters.
Emma, of Cumnock, Ayrshire, will have spare potatoes on hand in case they wear away on the four-hour journey or roll off the bridge.
It takes a long time for plastic, latex, and wax to wear away," said Wrigley's Christopher Perille.