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wear off

Meaning: If something wears off, it gradually loses its effect.

For example:

  • wear off The pain medication started to wear off, so I began to feel the pain again.

  • wear off The excitement of working in a new company soon wore off, and it became just like any other job.

Nouns often used as subjects with
wear off: pills, alcohol, drugs, feeling, excitement, novelty, effect

Quick Quiz:

When the sleeping pills wear off, she will
  1. go to sleep
  2. wake up
  3. sleep for a long time

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