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wean sb off sth

( US also wean sb from sth)
verb [T] uk phrasal verb with wean   /wiːn/ us  
to make someone gradually stop using something that is bad for them: It's difficult to wean an addict off cocaine once they're hooked. The whole scheme is intended to wean people off welfare dependency.
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