HyperDic: wear_away

English > 3 senses of the expression wear away:
VERBcontactwear away, whittle away, whittle downcut away in small pieces
contactwear away, wear offdiminish, as by friction
changewear away, erode, gnaw, gnaw at, eat atbecome ground down or deteriorate
English > wear away: 3 senses > verb 1, contact
Meaningcut away in small pieces.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymswhittle away, whittle down
Broaderdamageinflict damage / damage upon
See alsoweargo to pieces
English > wear away: 3 senses > verb 2, contact
Meaningdiminish, as by friction.
PatternSomething ----s something
Synonymwear off
Narrowerabrade, corrade, abrase, rub down, rub offwear away
Broaderremove, take, take away, withdrawRemove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
See alsoweargo to pieces
Spanishdesgastar, erosionar, gastar
English > wear away: 3 senses > verb 3, change
MeaningBecome ground down or deteriorate.
PatternSomething ----s
Synonymserode, gnaw, gnaw at, eat at
Broaderdecay, crumble, dilapidatefall into decay or ruin
Spanishdesgastarse, erosionarse, erosionar
Catalancorroir-se, desgastar-se, erosionar-se, erosionar
Nounswearing away(geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it)

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