To wear away

Related to To wear away: wears thin
to consume; to impair, diminish, or destroy, by gradual attrition or decay.

See also: Wear

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Opponents say the Missouri Constitution already protects public prayer and accused supporters of the measure of trying to wear away church-state separation.
He said: "The thinking was a metal-on-metal ball and socket joint should be far more effective and hard-wearing for patients than the older style metal-on-polymer system where the softer polymer tended to wear away quite quickly, releasing particles and eventually causing the artificial joint to fail.
The experts claimed that wines like Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Riesling are more likely to wear away protective tooth enamel than reds like Rioja and Merlot.
Natural England, previously known as English Nature, wants fossil-bearing cliffs on the Suffolk coast to be allowed to wear away, exposing stratas of soil and rock for study.
While on first consideration, it may sound like multi-support grates would be better on wear, they are generally thinner than bridge grates and actually tend to wear away more quickly, Schwartz says.
(Possible answers: Because it's in the water; the water causes it to wear away.)
These works were designed to agitate, and time has done little to wear away that effect.
The pounding of the water, that same water, had the strength to wear away rocks.
But the SFA - who have ordered both sides to wear away kits - have given the go-ahead for the winners to change back into their traditional home shirts for the trophy presentation.
To true up a grindstone, hold a round, soft iron rod across it, while the stone is turned, just close enough to wear away the bumps.
"It takes a long time for plastic, latex, and wax to wear away," said Wrigley's Christopher Perille.