To wear away

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To wear away to consume; to impair, diminish, or destroy, by gradual attrition or decay.
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Usage

In literature:

It is a pity that this feeling towards England is not likely to continue; indeed, even at this moment it is gradually wearing away.
"Diary in America, Series One" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
If you let them stay lively, they'll wear themselves out trying to get away.
"Attention Saint Patrick" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Every year we Americans throw away enough food and wearing apparel to maintain a small army.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
I can't possibly wear it myself, and it's a shame to lay it away in the closet until it is all out of style.
"Marjorie Dean High School Freshman" by Pauline Lester
For it seemed to her that Louis's ill-temper was wearing away.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
A case showing the rather rapid wearing away of pearls recently came to the attention of the writer.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
He walked away slowly without speaking to me, wearing a thoughtful air.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
Aluminium nails, though very light, wear away too quickly, and have a tendency to drop out.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
Continual dropping, however, will wear away the hardest stone, and Aunt Helen was not one to weary in what she considered well-doing.
"A Romantic Young Lady" by Robert Grant
They can't possibly carry into that far-away region as much stuff as they need to eat and to wear.
"Young Alaskans in the Far North" by Emerson Hough
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In poetry:

I told not my love—it were cruel to ask
One like thee, with misfortune and sorrow to wed,
To wear away life as an incessant task,
And pillow on Poverty's bosom thy head—
"To Ann" by Albert Pike
Repine thee not; shroud not they faith in gloom;
Shrink not to meet a disappointment's frown;
Away beyond the narrow bordered tomb,
Who here have borne the cross may wear the crown.
SANSON.
"Mystery Of Carmel" by Madge Morris Wagner
Repine thee not; shroud not they faith in gloom;
Shrink not to meet a disappointment’s frown;
Away beyond the narrow bordered tomb,
Who here have borne the cross may wear the crown.
SANSON.
"To Revenita" by Madge Morris Wagner
But those who come to wear away
With me the time they deem a bore,
And blithely rob me of a day
Which God Himself cannot restore--
From such, at risk of being rude,
I will preserve my solitude.
"My Bores" by John Lawson Stoddard
In the days of the years we dwell in,
that wear our lives away?
Why, then, and for what are we waiting?
There are three words to speak;
WE WILL IT, and what is the foeman
but the dream-strong wakened and weak?
"The Day Is Coming" by William Morris
'Love, while you were away there came to me —
From whence I cannot tell —
A plaintive lady pale and passionless,
Who bent her eyes upon me critically,
And weighed me with a wearing wistfulness,
As if she knew me well.'
"The Wistful Lady" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Another perpetrator wearing a Spider-Man mask attempted to rob an Oslow County convenience, but this time the store clerk stopped the incident before the suspect could get away with any cash.
To wear or crumble away through abrasion.
) Tarwater Lawson, age 91, (Known to her family as Granny and Granny the Great) of Wears Valley, passed away Friday October 5, 2012.
Tiaras have moved away from the exclusive circle of people who could afford to wear diamonds, rubies, and gold on their heads, to the everyday person.
7 Leadership Mistakes That Wear Away at Your Company's Will to Win.
This style lets you get away with wearing something more casual to your next business meeting.
Texanna Edwards was turned away from her high school prom for wearing a dress that resembled the Confederate flag , according to a report on Jacksonsun.com.
After deciding to wear a hijab, Samira Amen gives away jewelry to her sister Shadia.
She has to wear ear plugs in the store to keep her sanity, but even those can't keep out the noise of the four people outside, standing alongside one of the Army's signature red pots, lustily clanging away.
When joint cartilage wears away due to injury or disease, bone rubs on bone, which can cause severe pain and joint instability.
The juices and seeds of fresh jalapeno peppers can burn your eyes and hands, so be sure to wear some type of protective gloves when handling them, and keep them away from your eyes.
The plugs inside your car fire a charge hot enough to wear away metal.
Men's Lacrosse To Honor Towson Students That Passed Away Tigers To Wear All Black Uniforms.
Just because the rest of us have been wearing out Carrie Underwood's 'Blown Away' album all summer doesn't mean that the country star likes to listen to her own music.
Despite the calendar telling us that it's January, you might be able to get away with wearing shorts to run an outdoor race in Flushing, Michigan.
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