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wear sb down

phrasal verb with wear uk   /weər/  us   /wer/ verb (wore, worn)
to make someone ​feeltired and less ​able to ​dealsuccessfully with a ​situation: Both ​sides are ​trying to ​wear the other down by being ​obstinate in the ​negotiations. All the ​stress and ​extratravel is ​beginning to ​wear him down.
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