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English definition of “grind sb down”

grind sb down

phrasal verb with grind     /ɡraɪnd/ verb [T] (ground, ground)
to treat someone so badly for such a long time that they are no longer able to fight back: Ground down by years of abuse, she did not have the confidence to leave him.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
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