grind down

Definition of grind down

1 :to make (something hard) smaller and smoother by gradually rubbing off tiny bits
  • The old dog's teeth had been ground down by use.
2 :to weaken or destroy (someone or something) gradually
  • Poverty ground her spirit down.
  • These people have been ground down by years of oppression.

Word by Word Definitions

grind play
  1. : to reduce to powder or small fragments by friction (as in a mill or with the teeth)

  2. : to wear down, polish, or sharpen by friction

  3. : oppress, harass

  1. : an act of grinding

  2. : the sound of grinding

  3. : dreary, monotonous, or difficult labor, study, or routine

down play
  1. : toward or in a lower physical position

  2. : to a lying or sitting position

  3. : toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. : down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. : to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

  2. : to cause to fall by or as if by shooting : bring down

  3. : consume

  1. : occupying a low position

  2. : directed or going downward

  3. : lower in price

  1. : descent, depression

  2. : an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

  3. : a complete play to advance the ball

  1. : an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

  2. : a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. : a covering of soft fluffy feathers

  2. : something soft and fluffy like down

  1. : down syndrome


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