Definition of wear someone/something out in English:

wear someone/something out

phrasal verb

  • Exhaust or tire someone or something.

    ‘an hour of this wandering wore him out’
    • ‘She and Howard were together for 18 years, and it wore her out.’
    • ‘Sarah came to see him yesterday, which was lovely but wore him out.’
    • ‘Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day-to-day living that wears you out.’
    • ‘I don't like talking on the phone to people I like, but talking to clients just absolutely wears me out.’
    • ‘So that whole driving trip wore me out although poor Mike did all the driving!’
    • ‘The night flight, combined with the two-hour time difference, wore us out.’
    • ‘I used to thrive on stress, but now it wears me out.’
    • ‘All the tests and procedures are wearing him out.’
    • ‘I've spoken to some of the other students who do bar work in the evenings, but they said it wears you out.’
    • ‘The older you get, the more the travel wears you out.’
    • ‘All that driving and fighting wore me out.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I've cut down on the junk food and take more exercise. The workouts wear you out but are really good.’’
    • ‘She's only good at sitting up for two or three hours before she needs to lie down so I try to time these things so as not to wear her out.’
    • ‘He reportedly dumped her because her bedroom antics wore him out.’
    • ‘If anything, he wasn't being quite as surreal; the humour was more down-to-earth, about things like how having kids wears you out, and how people need to calm down in today's society, etc.’
    • ‘The system seems set to put you off, to slow you down and to wear you out.’
    • ‘We resorted to walking him around the lounge to try to wear him out.’
    • ‘Pundits and other political cynics scoff at citizens' efforts to reform our money-corrupted political process, saying it's as futile as trying to teach table manners to a hog - the effort wears you out and it only annoys the hog.’
    • ‘I don't know what's wearing me out at the moment, but for the first time in years I actually fell asleep on the train.’
    • ‘Are you finding that touring can wear you out after a while?’
    fatigue, tire out, overtire, weary, exhaust, drain, sap, wash out, tax, overtax, enervate, debilitate, enfeeble, jade, incapacitate, devitalize, prostrate
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