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1. To become ground, eroded, or severed through by some frictional pressure or force. Apparently the brake pads were almost entirely worn through by the time the mechanic looked at them. That rope is going to wear through if it keeps rubbing against the corner like that.
2. To grind, erode, or sever through some surface due to extreme, continuous, or prolonged pressure or friction. You wore through the polish on the floor when you dragged the desk over here. Apparently I tend to grind my teeth while I sleep, and it has worn through the enamel on my molars.
3. To use up some amount of a consumable commodity through continuous use that involves prolonged friction or pressure. You've got to be more careful with how you shift gears—this is the second clutch you've worn through in six months! You're probably going to wear through a number of pairs of socks as you hike the Camino de Santiago.
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wear through something
to grind or rub through something. My heel finally wore through the carpeting beneath the accelerator of my car. The constant rubbing of hands wore through the paint on the railing.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To consume something by long or hard use; go through something: The car wore through two sets of brake pads. I wore through two pairs of boots hiking the Appalachian Trail.
2. To put some hole or gap in something by long or hard use or attrition: I wore a hole through the toes of my socks.
3. To penetrate or sever something by attrition: The sharp corner eventually wore through the fabric. The nail wore my sock through.
4. To become severed or perforated by long or hard use, attrition, or exposure: The strap wore through. The cable wore through to the metal.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.