wear away

phrasal verb

Definition of wear away 

: to gradually disappear or to cause (something) to gradually disappear or become thinner, smaller, etc., because of use The paint on the sign had worn away. Even a trickle of water will eventually wear rock away. often used as (be) worn away The table's finish was worn away.

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