wear down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wear down exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress "We wore ourselves out on this hike"
    • v wear down deteriorate through use or stress "The constant friction wore out the cloth"
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Quotations

  • Richard Dreyfuss
    Richard Dreyfuss
    “My worst fear is that I'll end up living in some run-down duplex on Wilshire wearing pants hiked up to my nipples and muttering under my breath.”

Usage

In literature:

In rubbing, use as much of the stone as possible, so as to wear it down evenly.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
She went upstairs and came down wearing the black sailor hat of the Keefe brand, and carrying a suit-case.
"In Apple-Blossom Time" by Clara Louise Burnham
And not one single badge now remained upside-down, since every fellow felt that he had won the right to wear it in its proper position.
"The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour" by George A. Warren
Chrissie shall always wear her hair down her back!
"A Houseful of Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
She wears on her head a cap, or rather a bonnet, in which is a white plume; her hair is auburn, and flows loosely down her back.
"Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808" by Lt-Col. Pinkney
A tall, thin man, wearing a white hat, sat down beside him.
"Five Hundred Dollars" by Horatio Alger
He had said that Bobby was wearing his clothes upside down.
"The Tale of Bobby Bobolink" by Arthur Scott Bailey
The fright didn't really wear off, but it settled down slowly inside her.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
If you are good, and do not try to break down the fence, you will wear no chains.
"Tum Tum, the Jolly Elephant" by Richard Barnum
Your hair will look so pretty over it if you wear it down.
"Uncle Rutherford's Nieces" by Joanna H. Mathews
In laying down carpets, it is a bad practice to put straw under them, as this makes them wear out in spots.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
He has rid himself of his wig and beard and is wearing an overcoat buttoned up to his chin and a cap drawn down to his brows.
"The 'Mind the Paint' Girl" by Arthur Pinero
The Pioneer, in which Ned had cruised down the Susquehanna, was a heavy but neatly proportioned craft, and showed traces of wear and tear.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
That he would catch them on the way down, and wear them out one at a time.
"Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son" by George Horace Lorimer
I'll wear my hair down my back in two braids.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
The men had to wear mosquito bar over their hats down to their waists when at work.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
You can't wear an evening dress and sit down to a chop.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
They were roughly attired in blue blouses, wearing felt hats that were pulled down and obscured their countenances.
"Monte-Cristo's Daughter" by Edmund Flagg
If a man wears his hat well down on the forehead, shading the eyes more or less, will always keep his own counsel.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
He used to wear A long, brown coat that buttoned down before.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
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In poetry:

The woods shall wear their robes of praise,
The south-wind softly sigh,
And sweet, calm days in golden haze
Melt down the amber sky.
"My Psalm" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Wher syx and thritte Skottishe knyghtes
On a day wear beaten down;
Glendale glytteryde on ther amour bryght,
Over castille, towar and town.
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British
Yet patient He looks down and tenderly;
His hope is wring'd with immortality;
He sees a time when on men He'll look down
From Calvary wearing a kingly crown.
"The Miracle of the Cross" by John William Streets
But He, our holy, sinless, suffering Saviour,
When He sat down upon a conqueror's throne,
Ordained the soldiers of the cross that ever
They wear the name in which He victory won
"Servants" by Nora Pembroke
Nor where the sunshine, warm and bright,
Comes down like a still shower of light;
I must stay here
In prison drear;
O heavy life, wear on, wear on,
Would God that thou wert done!
"A Lament For The Wissahiccon" by Frances Anne Kemble
The saint that wears heaven's brightest crown
In deepest adoration bends;
The weight of glory bows him down
Then most when most his soul ascends.
Nearest the throne itself must be The footstool of humility.
"The bird that soars on highest wing" by James Montgomery

In news:

Urban, suburban, white, black, Latino -- wearing jeans so low their butts meet us at the bus stop, in the mall, the supermarket, walking down the street.
La Maquina Amarilla wears down Seawall Defense.
Whether they are found convicted on Steed 's charges or not, the court process "can become time intensive and costly it wears down these people," Studebaker said.
Falcons need Turner to help wear Giants down.
China tries to wear down Japan in island dispute.
Blue Jays wear down Rockwood Rockets.
2 Mustangs wear down Royals.
Men's soccer: Pirates pass test, wear down Warriors.
Spurs wear down Timberwolves for 96-82 victory.
Is Andrew Luck wearing down.
He wears white gloves, like all good burglars do, as he smiles sinisterly down from his wooden perch at the family in the room below.
Huskies wear down Hornets with Wing-T offense.
Salem uses height to wear down Alliance girls.
It was almost like a funeral, right down to the fans wearing black.
UConn Women Wear Down No 10 Penn State In Second Half.
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In science:

She was always a voice of reason, and often lifted my spirits when the daily grind of teaching would wear me down.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
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