grind down

phrasal verb

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

Examples of grind down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the failure of Ukraine to pierce Russian front lines in the east and south last year, Moscow has been trying to grind down Ukrainian forces just as Kyiv ponders a major new mobilization. Reuters, NBC News, 21 Feb. 2024 In an intermission interview on TNT, Maurice said the goal of the first 20 minutes was to grind down the Penguins and then turn up the offensive intensity after the opening frame. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 15 Feb. 2024 The Fed has already pulled its main interest rate to the highest level since 2001 in hopes of grinding down high inflation. Stan Choe, Fortune, 13 Feb. 2024 Licking the plate is out, as is grasping the toast firmly in your fist and using it to grind down everything in its way. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2023 The inflation data helped to buoy hopes on Wall Street that the Fed may actually pull off the balancing act of slowing the economy and hurting investment prices just enough to grind down inflation, but not so much as to cause a painful recession. Stan Choe, Fortune, 14 Nov. 2023 The Tide ran it on every play, grinding down the clock and leaning on a South Florida defense that finally wore down. Michael Casagrande |, al, 19 Sep. 2023 What to look for in a dog nail grinder Grinding speed: Higher rotation speeds grind down canine nails quickly but give you less control over length and shape. Lauren Corona, Chicago Tribune, 19 Apr. 2023 Basically, the act of grinding down food into a digestible state wears teeth at a reasonably predictable rate of about one millimeter per year. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 31 Aug. 2023 See More

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“Grind down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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