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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 your employees down if you question every little thing they do.
See also: down, grind
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: down, grind
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Crushed and impoverished by taxation -- imposed by Mazarin, whose avarice impelled him to grind them down to the very dust -- the people, as the Advocate-General Talon described it, had nothing left to them except their souls; and as those could not be sold by auction, they began to murmur.
The England defender revealed the Spanish boss has built a slick side that never steps off the gas with the key principle to exhaust rivals and grind them down.
Armagh should grind them down and record as big a winning margin as we're likely to see this weekend.
The keeper expects some sides will set out to defend and wants fans to stick with Boro as they grind them down.
"I tried to grind them down a little bit and Brendon played his natural game," he said.
We have to grind them down, go for the win and then the try bonus point after that.
"My philosophy is that if the opposition is a running team, then you run against them, and if the team opposite you wants to grind you down, then grind them down.
However, the Welsh side have the power up front to make a battle of it, and while Wasps may grind them down by the end, the Scarlets can stay within the line.
'There's a gap at the top, though, with Norwich winning and we have to move on with them and try to grind them down.'
Romania crashed 56-8 toFrance on Saturday in a one- sided affair but Stephens believes they will put up stern opposition before Wales can grind them down.
"It doesn't make for great viewing but their batters love to get boundaries and we must try to grind them down."
"the plan for the morning was just to grind them down," explained Cook.
The grinding may be a subconscious attempt to grind them down until they fit.
He left no doubt yesterday that his aim is to grind them down until they break.
"I don't want a slog, but the point is if you end up with one, you've got to grind them down, they're not coming here to just lay down and be beaten." McCarthy said.