wear down

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wear down

  1. To cause (someone) physical or mental fatigue.
    The eight hour shift in the mine began to wear Tim down after a few months.
  2. To eventually persuade or defeat (someone) through persistent effort.
    At first she refused to buy the kids sweets, but eventually they wore her down.
  3. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see wear,‎ down.