Meaning: to gradually break a bad habit by doing it less and less
- 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.
wean off: alcohol, drugs, chocolate, junk food, coffee, gambling, computer games
All of my kids are overweight, so I've decided to wean them off