wear away

Definitions of wear away
  1. verb
    become ground down or deteriorate
    synonyms: eat at, erode, gnaw, gnaw at
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    type of:
    crumble, decay, dilapidate
    fall into decay or ruin
  2. verb
    diminish, as by friction
    “Erosion wore away the surface”
    synonyms: wear off
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    abrade, abrase, corrade, rub down, rub off
    wear away
    chafe, excoriate
    tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading
    scrape with a rasp
    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  3. verb
    cut away in small pieces
    synonyms: whittle away, whittle down
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    type of:
    inflict damage upon
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