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wear down

1. To become eroded, ground, or stripped down, as from exposure to some destructive element or force. The enamel on your teeth has worn down almost completely, which is why you've been experiencing so much pain when you eat and drink. The little chisel had worn down to a nub by the time he was finished digging.
2. To erode, grind, or strip down something as a result of exposure to some destructive element or force. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wear" and "down." Frequent travel along the route has worn down the vegetation to a permanent footpath. So much use is beginning to wear down the engine—it could give out at any moment.
3. To become exhausted, weakened, or fatigued by some action or force. I started wearing down from so much walking around the city. I think our horses are wearing down, so we should give them a rest.
4. To cause someone or an animal to become exhausted, weakened, or fatigued. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wear" and "down." Carrying these heavy boxes up and down the stairs is wearing me down. I'm hoping a day running around the beach will wear the kids down a bit. Be sure not to wear the pack animals down, or we could end up stranded here.
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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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The plan was to wear them down but it didn't happen."
The problem with strawberries is they pick up viral infections, often from greenfly, which eventually wear them down. The plant is most productive in its second year, producing the most fruit and the most runners, too.
I'll wear them down before they wear me down, said Anne MUM worked extremely hard, not just in scouring any means available to find evidence and any nuggets of information that she could use, but also in using every media opportunity she could to highlight the various injustices and the positive role played by survivors who were still being blamed in some quarters.
Although the French, who have plenty of NBA-calibre talent in their squad, were able to match them for the first quarter, the defending champions quickly began to wear them down thereafter, and the game ended in a bit of a rout.
"If you look at the back row they picked you could see they came to try and physically out-muscle us, which meant it took us time to wear them down.
Dale's supremacy should eventually tell but with the non-leaguers giving everything in the early stages, it may not be until later on that the League One side eventually wear them down.
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It's a war of attrition, and you need to wear them down."
"I thought we came out with great defensive focus and I thought we were able to wear them down."
Once they got the man sent off, we needed to be a bit more patient, to keep the ball, to move them from side to side and try to wear them down.
They're improving every year and we found them a tough nut to crack at the last World Cup - it took us a while to wear them down.'
`We certainly wanted to wear them down, and I think our defense wears people down,' Thorne said.
Nippers as young as eight, they reckon, letting life's mad carnival wear them down.
Humphreys said: "Munster made it very hard for us and it took a long time to wear them down.
"It can be difficult at times when teams make it hard for us to wear them down. But there's a mentality at this club to win every game and keep this momentum going."