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wean off

Meaning: to gradually break a bad habit by doing it less and less

For example:

  • wean sb off sth If you're addicted to cigarettes, you could try to wean yourself off them by smoking fewer and fewer every day.

  • wean sb off sth If somebody's hooked on drugs and they want to quit, they can stop all of a sudden, or they can slowly wean themselves off.

Nouns often used as objects with
wean off: alcohol, drugs, chocolate, junk food, coffee, gambling, computer games

Quick Quiz:

All of my kids are overweight, so I've decided to wean them off
  1. fruit and vegetables
  2. water and juices
  3. junk food and ice-cream

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