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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 glacier could be wearing away by as much as 10km per year, a film by a top glaciologist claims.
High-resolution MGS photos support the theory that billions of years ago the Martian surface underwent Earth-like erosion (wearing away) when Mars' atmosphere was much warmer--and wetter.
The details of how the wind carries sand from place to place have important consequences for the study of processes such as wind-driven soil erosion, sediment transport on Mars, the formation of sand dunes and the wearing away or polishing of rocks.
SHE'S been on the road for what seems like years - so it's little wonder some of Beyonce's outfits are wearing away.
shoreline is eroding, or wearing away, as hurricanes, winter storms, rising ocean levels, and building development pound away at the coast.
Scientists at the University of Santander now report that the wearing away of paleolithic paint and its limestone backing may have been promoted by carbon dioxide exhaled by people inside the chamber.
"This has led to hamstring and back problems as well as wearing away part of his kneecap."
Their roots hold on to the soil to keep it from eroding, or wearing away. They also soak up rain that might otherwise flood lowland areas.
In the high plateau lands of southwestern Colorado, the ancient stone cities of the Anasazi Indians are slowly wearing away. Brilliant sunlight, dusty winds, stinging rain and swirling snow take turns assaulting the sandstone blocks that make up the remains of these elaborate cliff dwellings.
But as Real sources disclosed that the Bernabeu side are ready to strike in seven months' time, the England goal ace admitted Liverpool's title race failures were wearing away at him.
Then erosion (wearing away of rock by wind and rain) created the loop in the Eye of the Needle, says geologist Joanna Thamke.
But sadly only satellite and cable viewers were allowed the treat of a follow-up ITV2 show in which Posh revealed that on her first trip to see Becks play for United, "I spent the whole game watching the wrong player and the wrong team 'cos they were wearing away shirts."
The vast majority of these billions of tiny particles come from the erosion, or wearing away, of rocks over thousands or millions of years.
All those human visitors trampling on fragile plants and soil have caused massive erosion, the wearing away of soil.