Days and weeks of eating nothing but grilled chicken and vegetables can wear down even the most dedicated of individuals.
The frequent discussion of bony tirings will wear down that sharpness a little, but I think not quite enough.
After this there was no serious attempt to wear down the bowling.
To the more normal means of trying to wear down the enemy, we were now able to add fixed rifles and rifle batteries.
I won't,' said the mouse, 'I'm not going to wear down my teeth for that.'
So little Dumoise was packed off to Chini, to wear down his grief with a full-plate camera, and a rifle.
Semn took Mikhyla's advice and undertook to make a pair of boots that would not wear down or rip.
Apparently, from Ishi's description, it took quite a time to wear down and slay the animal.
Such depressing influences cannot but wear down the noblest calling.
Moreover, the waves, I suspect, do not so much construct as wear down a material which has already acquired consistency.
Old English werian "to clothe, put on," from Proto-Germanic *wazjanan (cf. Old Norse verja, Old High German werian, Gothic gawasjan "to clothe"), from PIE *wes- "to clothe" (cf. Sanskrit vaste "he puts on," vasanam "garment;" Avestan vah-; Greek esthes "clothing," hennymi "to clothe," eima "garment;" Latin vestire "to clothe;" Welsh gwisgo, Breton gwiska; Old English wæstling "sheet, blanket;" Hittite washshush "garments," washanzi "they dress").
The Germanic forms "were homonyms of the vb. for 'prevent, ward off, protect' (Goth. warjan, O.E. werian, etc.), and this was prob. a factor in their early displacement in most of the Gmc. languages" [Buck]. Shifted from a weak verb (past tense and past participle wered) to a strong one (past tense wore, past participle worn) in 14c. on analogy of rhyming strong verbs such as bear and tear.
Secondary sense of "use up, gradually damage" (late 13c.) is from effect of continued use on clothes. To be the worse for wear is attested from 1782; noun phrase wear and tear is first recorded 1660s.
"action of wearing" (clothes), mid-15c., from wear (v.). Meaning "what one wears" is 1570s. To be the worse for wear is attested from 1782; noun phrase wear and tear is first recorded 1660s, implying the sense "process of being degraded by use."