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"wear off" in British English

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wear off

phrasal verb with wear uk   /weər/  us   /wer/ verb (wore, worn)
B2 If a ​feeling or the ​effect of something ​wears off, it ​graduallydisappears: Most ​patientsfind that the ​numbness from the ​injectionwears off after about an ​hour.
(Definition of wear off from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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wear off

phrasal verb with wear  us   /weər/ verb (past tense wore  /wɔr, woʊr/ , past participle worn  /wɔrn, woʊrn/ )
to ​stop having an ​effect or ​influence: The ​vaccine wears off after 10 ​years.
(Definition of wear off from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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