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wear something off (of) something

 and wear something off
to grind or rub something off something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The grinding of the bottom of the boat on the sandbanks wore the barnacles off the hull. The sand wore off the barnacles.
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wear off

[for the effects of something] to become less; to stop gradually. The effects of the painkiller wore off and my tooth began to hurt. I was annoyed at first, but my anger wore off.
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wear off

Diminish gradually, lose effectiveness, as in We'll wait till the drug wears off. [Late 1600s]
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wear off

v.
1. To diminish gradually in effect until gone: The drug wore off after eight hours.
2. To be gradually removed by long or hard use, attrition, or exposure: So many people touched the picture that its luster finally wore off.
3. To gradually remove something by long or hard use, attrition, or exposure: The inclement weather wore off the awning on my porch. The snow wore the shine off my car.
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Reviva Labs also asserts that, unlike sunscreen that can wear off, its Ultra C formula offers all-day protection and skin texturizing and recommends its usage under make-up or, as highlighted, under sunscreen cream or lotion.
The direct effects of both drugs wear off in a matter of weeks, but by stopping early on the process that initiates blockage, the coating has a lasting benefit, says Andrew R.
Unlike nonstick electrosurgical electrode coatings, SILVERGlide does not wear off or lose its nonstick properties over time.
Sun protective clothing is an excellent sun protection tool as it provides a physical block that doesn't wash or wear off and can shade the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
Ever since those who dreamed up such things realized that the addiction never seems to wear off the camper and word-of-mouth means more business, they'll continue to find those willing to overlook the $15,000 sticker shock just to have ultimate bragging rights or, even better, deliver the best Father's Day gift ever.
But these can take up to 10 weeks to become effective and don't wear off for months after they're discontinued.
The placebo effect of passing this legislation is beginning to wear off," said Bruce Thomas, Vice President at Conning.
I don't care what he looks like because looks wear off.
The Pokemon craze may wear off long before the Holidays where the only place to find such items is in local Flea Markets.
Botox takes effect within 24 to 48 hours after the injection, and the effects wear off after about four months, on average.
He plans a third round of memory tests, which could indicate whether the apparent effects of ecstasy are permanent or wear off with abstinence.