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English definition of “wear (sth) away”

wear (sth) away

verb uk phrasal verb with wear   /weər/ us    /wer/ (wore, worn)
to become thin and disappear after repeated use or rubbing, or to cause something to become thin and disappear in this way: In some diseases, the protective layer in a joint wears away.Scratching and rubbing
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