Definitions

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  • v. Used other than as an idiom: see wear,‎ down.
  • v. To cause (someone) physical or mental fatigue.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. deteriorate through use or stress
  • v. exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress

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Examples

  • Recurrences are especially likely if you use topical hydrocortisone ointments, which eventually thin the skin and wear down its natural immunity.

    The Truth About Beauty

  • “I am not going to wear down the pads of my feet so you can prove yourself to your females, Ranor,” Ruuqo said condescendingly.

    Promise of the Wolves

  • Stalin and the Stavka decreed: "With the beginning of the enemy's attack, the Central Front and the Voronezh Front are to go over to the defensive, wear down the enemy in defensive battles, and then open a counteroffensive as soon as the enemy forces have been bled to death.

    Panzer Aces

  • Sometimes three or four of them would take it on in relays during the night, putting roughly the same questions in a fresh way so as gradually to wear down the suspect’s resistance.

    Maigret and the Bum

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