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wear away


1 wear away

Cut away in small pieces.

synonyms: whittle away, whittle down.

2 wear away

Diminish, as by friction.

synonym: wear off.

Roget 142: cease, discontinue, desist, stay, halt; break off, leave off; hold, stop, pull up, stop short; stick, hang fire; halt; ... show more

Dutch: inlopen, inslijten, uitslijten

3 wear away

Become ground down or deteriorate.

synonyms: eat at, erode, gnaw, gnaw at.


Roget 659: unimproved etc. (improve) etc. 658; deteriorated etc. v.; altered, altered for the worse; injured etc. v.; ... show more

Moby thesaurus: abate, ablate, abrade, abrase, absorb, abstract, assimilate, atomize, bark, bate, be all over, be consumed, be eaten away, be gone, be no more, become extinct, become void, bite, bleed white, blow over ... show more.

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