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wean someone (away) from something

to force someone or an animal to break a habit. (Fig. on the notion of ending the dependence of a young creature on milk alone.) It was almost impossible to wean her from her high spending habits. We couldn't wean away the dog from its mother.
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wean from

or wean off
1. To accustom some young mammal to nourishment other than something, as the mother's milk, obtained by suckling: The mother weaned the child from breast milk. The child was weaned from the breast.
2. To detach someone from something to which one is strongly habituated or devoted: I finally weaned myself from cigarettes. They were weaned from their drug habits at the rehabilitation center.
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wean on

1. To accustom some infant mammal to take nourishment other than by suckling: The mother weaned the child on formula.
2. Slang To accustom someone to something from an early age. Used chiefly in the passive: Moviegoers who were weaned on the TV series will find the film to their liking.
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Early-weaned steers were then harvested at a younger age than traditionally weaned animals to maximize their carcass value.
Until that moment came, Born To Run carried on hollering until the early evening and settled down into the darkness in a field with the other weaned foal and four others, still with their mums.
13) The prevalence of early weaning may be influenced by a belief that the guidelines are wrong when considered in conjunction with previous generations being weaned earlier without any apparent health consequences.
0 package, running a regression analysis of weaned versus non-weaned patients/residents based on primary diagnosis to determine its relation to probability of weaning.
God "laid mee lower in myne owne eyes than at any time before, and shewed mee the emptines of all my guifts and parts, left mee neither power nor will, so as I became as a weaned child.
The study, published by the Pediatric Obesity journal, compared weight and eating styles of children weaned using baby-led weaning with those using a traditional spoon feeding style.
Calves that weaned earlier had less time to consume starter and milk before weaning compared with the others.
London, February 15 ( ANI ): What a woman eats during pregnancy and breast feeding can significantly influence the type of food that her baby will prefer when being weaned, a series of studies has found.
Let's not forget that before 2001, babies were weaned any time on from four months.
Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis was performed to assess the ability of the various ratios/indices derived from the hypercapnia test results to discriminate between patients who were successfully weaned and those who failed.
FOLLOWING hot on the heels of the record breaking premier Limousin female sale at Carlisle last Friday, came the British Limousin Cattle Society's annual sale of weaned calves.
Tusks of juvenile mammoths carry a chemical record of the animals' environment and behaviors, including how quickly they became weaned from their mothers, scientists have found.
It includes all the basic weaning guidelines and advice which is appropriate to all children who are being weaned.
Children who were fully weaned at recruitment had higher AF-alb than did those still partially breast-fed (p < 0.