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wear someone down

 
1. Fig. to exhaust someone. This hot weather wears me down. The steamy weather wore down the tourists and made them stay in their hotels.
2. Fig. to reduce someone to submission or agreement by constant badgering. Finally they wore me down and I told them what they wanted to know. The interrogation wore down the suspect.
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wear something down

to grind something away; to erode something. The constant rubbing of the door wore the carpet down. The rubbing of the door wore down the carpet.
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wear down

Fig. to break down with wear; to erode. The steps had worn down so much that each one was curved and slanted dangerously.
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wear down

Diminish, weaken, or tire by relentless pressure, as in The heels of these shoes are quite worn down, or Her constant nagging about getting a new car wore down his resistance. [First half of 1800s]
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wear down

v.
1. To damage, diminish, erode, or consume something by long or hard use, attrition, or exposure: The weather wore the shingles down. The heavy crowds wore down the carpets.
2. To be gradually damaged, diminished, eroded, or consumed by long or hard use, attrition, or exposure: The water pipes have been in use for more than 100 years and are starting to wear down.
3. To fatigue, weary, or exhaust someone or something: The race wore me down. The new employee is wearing down my patience.
4. To become fatigued, weary, or exhausted: I was beginning to wear down, so I took a bus home instead of walking.
5. To cause someone to submit by relentless pressure or resistance: By holding out, we finally wore them down. Management finally wore down the union, and the strike was ended.
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Unlike inserts, padding or supports that are added into a shoe and wear down over time, the Insolia technology is part of the shoe architecture and lasts for the life of the shoe.
As we age our gums recede, our teeth wear down and our skin begins to lose elasticity.
As soon as the guy who's out there is starting to wear down, he'll take them out - the very first batter - he'll take them out.
Westphal has relied more and more on the bench of late, using the depth to wear down opponents.
These severe operating conditions all add up to high temperature brakes that quickly deplete or wear down the friction material.
He plays 48 minutes a game, and even though he's in great condition and he's a great athlete, he can wear down just like anyone else.
The new Gen2 system is built around a high-performance DC brushless servomotor, which has no commutators or brushes to wear down, so it provides long maintenance-free operation, lower operating costs, and extremely smooth operation at high motor speeds to improve rider comfort.
Herrick does not expect the Cougars to be able to open a big lead early, but he plans to take advantage of his team's depth and quickness to wear down its opponent by running the open court and applying full-court pressure.
The Cowboys might not have the best starting five in the Foothill League, but they will rely on backups - such as guards Shawnda Ligons, May Lin, Missy Suarez and Laura Trafecanty, and forwards Alona Fuchs and Jenn Krall - to wear down opponents.