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grind down

1. To reduce something or cause it to become more even by grinding. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "grind" and "down." The landscaper ground the tree stump down. Can you please grind down this uneven spot in the floor?
2. To start moving more slowly, as of a machine. Don't touch the machine until it grinds down to a stop.
3. To cause someone to become weary or disillusioned, as by frequently pestering them. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "grind" and "down." You're going to grind down your employees down if you question every little thing they do.
See also: down, grind

grind someone down

Fig. to wear someone down by constant requests; to wear someone down by constant nagging. If you think you can grind me down by bothering me all the time, you are wrong. The constant nagging ground down the employees at last.
See also: down, grind

grind something down

to make something smooth or even by grinding. Grind this down to make it smooth. Please grind down this rough spot.
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grind down

1. To cause wear on something by rubbing against it, reducing its size: The jeweler ground the opals down into beautiful egg-shaped pieces. The miller ground down the wheat for the farmers.
2. To slow down, as if through a grinding action: The machine eventually ground down to a halt.
See also: down, grind
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It was much different Saturday, when Moore used his superior physical fitness to grind down Grinda, who played three matches Friday and was feeling the affects by Saturday morning.
The purpose of these companies is to grind down rubber tyres into small bits, which can be melted down and used again.
inspections have managed to grind down Saddam Hussein's nuclear program and pinpoint his chemical and biological blueprints.
Esquer says he called the district and spoke with LaMoreaux, who told him he now owed - among other things - $30 for the late bill, $30 to turn the water back on, $50 to reinstall the meter, and $380 to grind down the valve so that he would not be able to turn the water back on himself.
Delaney's experience at those weights should enable him to grind down Keeton for a win in the late rounds.
What the Center for Land Management proposes is to bulldoze the tamarisk and kill its roots, and to grind down the arundo, then use herbicides to kill off the stumps.
Alatorre said the $40 million will pay for a prevention program, to trim tree roots and grind down uneven sidewalks as an interim measure for sidewalks not requiring replacement or major repairs.