- (transitive) To irritate.
- 2007, Stephen L. Carter, The Emperor of Ocean Park, page 398:
- But his didacticism is beginning to wear on me, and I wonder if I am on a fool's errand.
- (intransitive) To persist or continue with increasing exhaustion.
- 2000, Ben Bernanke, “The Macroeconomics of the Great Depression”, in Essays on the great depression, page 32:
- One possible reconciliation of the cross-section and time-series results is that actual wages paid fell relative to reported or official wage rates as the Depression wore on
- 2010 December 28, Owen Phillips, “Sunderland 0 - 2 Blackpool”, in BBC:
- But as the second half wore on, Sunderland piled forward at every opportunity and their relentless pressure looked certain to be rewarded in the closing stages.