wear down

This page is about the phrasal verb wear down.

Meaning: to gradually make someone lose their strength and vitality

Synonym: wear out

For example:

  • wear sb down The job was really hard and it wore me down so much that I had to quit.

  • wear down sb The champion boxer gradually wore down his opponent by hitting him with lots of hard punches to the body.

Quick Quiz:

The work really wore me down. After doing the job for a few weeks, I was

a. much shorter

b. very poor

c. really exhausted

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Contributor: Matt Errey