wore away; worn away; wearing away; wears away
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 awayThe table's finish was worn away.
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