wear away at

wear away at someone or something

to annoy or diminish someone or something. Facing the same problems year after year was wearing away at the president of the company. The rain wore away at the stone through time.
See also: away, wear
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4 Rain, rivers, or even people digging for fossils wear away at the rock layers to reveal the buried fossils.
Colony's gamelong pressure seemed to wear away at the legs of Calabasas players.