Phrasal Verbs

wean off

This page is about the phrasal verb wean off


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

a. fruit and vegetables

b. water and juices

c. junk food and ice-cream

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