Значение идиомы wear down

[wear down], [wear off] or [wear away] {v.} 1. To remove ordisappear little by little through use, time, or the action ofweather.

Time and weather have worn off the name on thegravestone.

The eraser has worn off my pencil.

The grass hasworn away from the path near the house.

2. To lessen; become lesslittle by little.

The people went home as the excitement of thefire wore off.

John could feel the pain again as the dentist’smedicine wore away.

3. To exhaust; tire out, win over or persuade bymaking tired.

Mary wore her mother down by begging so that she letMary go to the movies.

Compare: DIE OUT.

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Значение идиомы wear down