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wear away

1. To become eroded, dissolved, or stripped away from exposure to some destructive element or force. The enamel on your teeth has worn almost completely away, which is why you've been experiencing so much pain when you eat and drink. Over the course of several centuries, the coastline wore away until the small village was completely consumed by the sea.
2. To erode, dissolve, or strip away something as a result of exposure to some destructive element or force. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wear" and "away." The extreme weather in this area will wear that cheap paint away in a matter of weeks. Rust caused by the sea air as worn away the entire underside of the car.
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wear something away

to erode something. The constant rains wore the side of the cathedral away. The flooding wore away the topsail.
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wear away

v.
1. To erode or consume something by long or hard use, attrition, or exposure: The sea is wearing away the rocks. Repeated washings have worn the fabric away. The tough climate wears away at the roof.
2. To be gradually eroded or consumed by long or hard use, attrition, or exposure: The paint on the house is wearing away.
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The experts claimed that wines like Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Riesling are more likely to wear away protective tooth enamel than reds like Rioja and Merlot.
2 : to rub so as to wear away or make sore <Chains chafed the skin of the animal's legs.>
The polymer/ceramic-based coating contains no TBT (tributyl tin) or VOCs and does not ablate or wear away.
Conversation and practice will wear away feelings of embarrassment, awkwardness and guilt.
The overflow will not only splash up against the siding but also wear away the granule layer on the shingles below and cause them to fail prematurely.
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n The sole tips of stiletto heels will wear away quickly: prevent long-term damage to the heel itself, by asking your local cobbler to replace the rubber tips regularly.
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