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Verb: wear away  wehr u'wey
  1. Cut away in small pieces
    - whittle away, whittle down
  2. Diminish, as by friction
    "Erosion wore away the surface";
    - wear off
  3. Become ground down or deteriorate
    "Her confidence wore away";
    - erode, gnaw, gnaw at, eat at

Derived forms: wearing away, wears away, worn away, wore away

See also: bust [informal]

Type of: crumble, damage, decay, dilapidate, remove, take, take away, withdraw