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Wear someone down with continuous harsh or oppressive treatment.‘mundane everyday things which just grind people down’
oppress, persecute, tyrannize, suppressafflict, maltreat, ill-treat, scourgetorture, torment, molest, harass, harryView synonyms
- ‘I suspect they were trying to grind me down into submission.’
- ‘I've been doing this kind of thing for more than two years now, and it's grinding me down.’
- ‘A prominent public figure, she was also the survivor of an unhappy family, and private sadness had ground her down by the time she reached her 50s.’
- ‘As much as you try to be professional, it does grind you down.’
- ‘‘We are fighting a continual battle and eventually it grinds you down,’ she said.’
- ‘The conditions of Indonesian women in 1900 were atrocious; they were ground down by their social position in general, by the aristocracy and by Dutch imperialism.’
- ‘We know that his years of drudgery have ground him down.’
- ‘And I agree, the pain does grind us down and is something that can't really be explained in words.’
- ‘The job was grinding him down without making him rich.’
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