grind down

phrasal verb
ground down; grinding down; grinds 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.

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“Grind down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grind%20down. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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