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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.
See also: down, grind

grind down

v.
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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Ferrero started superbly but Ferrer eventually ground him down to win 1-6 7-5 6-2.
First to show from the traps, Manic Mile was just beaten to the bend by Harbour Wind, but stayed within touching distance of that rival and ultimately ground him down and hit the front on the dash for home, holding off staying-on Blonde Sheriff by a length in 27.91sec.
Although he is not officially due to step down from his post for a month, in the aftermath of the 33-16 World Cup quarter-final defeat to Australia in Brisbane on Saturday, Telfer was confident enough to go public on the frustrations of a job that has ground him down over the past four years.
Under cross examination by Stephen Hopkins QC, defending Davies, he claimed the abuse had ground him down.
The demands of Test and one-day internationals have ground him down mentally.
Under cross examination by Stephen Hopkins QC, defending, he claimed the abuse had ground him down. The priest said: ``These people grind you down and they make you feel worthless and of no value whatsoever.''