One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Wear someone down with continuous harsh or oppressive treatment.‘mundane everyday things which just grind people down’
oppress, persecute, tyrannize, suppressView synonyms
- ‘‘We are fighting a continual battle and eventually it grinds you down,’ she said.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The job was grinding him down without making him rich.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I suspect they were trying to grind me down into submission.’
- ‘And I agree, the pain does grind us down and is something that can't really be explained in words.’
- ‘We know that his years of drudgery have ground him down.’
- ‘As much as you try to be professional, it does grind you down.’
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