wear away

Definitions of wear away
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v become ground down or deteriorate

Synonyms:
eat at, erode, gnaw, gnaw at
Type of:
crumble, decay, dilapidate
fall into decay or ruin

v diminish, as by friction

“Erosion wore away the surface”
Synonyms:
wear off
Types:
abrade, abrase, corrade, rub down, rub off
wear away
chafe, excoriate
tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading
rasp
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

v cut away in small pieces

Synonyms:
whittle away, whittle down
Type of:
damage
inflict damage upon

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