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Wear down   /wɛr daʊn/   Listen
Wear down

Exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress.  Synonyms: fag, fag out, fatigue, jade, outwear, tire, tire out, wear, wear out, wear upon, weary.
Deteriorate through use or stress.  Synonyms: wear, wear off, wear out, wear thin.

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"Wear down" Quotes from Famous Books

... mercenary reasons, would shed one tear were they to die to-morrow. Of books they possess but a slender store, and were it otherwise, who can always live among his books? Their professional vocations wear down their energies, and they stand in need of relaxation. Where do they seek it? Not in the quiet and happy circle of their own families—for they have none, nor among their neighbours, who may esteem and respect, but will scarce unbend before men who are become masters of their most secret ...
— Germany, Bohemia, and Hungary, Visited in 1837. Vol. II • G. R. Gleig

... tighten, strangle; cramp; dwarf, bedwarf^; shorten &c 201; circumscribe &c 229; restrain &c 751. [reduce in size by abrasion or paring. ] (subtraction) 38 abrade, pare, reduce, attenuate, rub down, scrape, file, file down, grind, grind down, chip, shave, shear, wear down. Adj. contracting &c v.; astringent; shrunk, contracted &c v.; strangulated, tabid^, wizened, stunted; waning &c v.; neap, compact. unexpanded &c (expand) &c 194 [Obs.]; contractile; compressible; smaller &c ...
— Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: Body • Roget

Words linked to "Wear down" :   ablate, scuff, wear out, pall, overfatigue, exhaust, beat, refresh, indispose, tucker out, overweary, tucker, overtire, deteriorate, wash up

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