Not a raid, authorities say, but a pressure tactic, as police look to wear out a man they want to capture alive.
This rebellion is less a sprint than a marathon, with each side attempting to wear out its opponent in a contest of endurance.
To me they come off like extended skits that wear out their welcome long before the halfway mark.
They perhaps will some day wear out, but the wounds that my spirit received in those hours have not yet ceased to bleed.
But if he does not amuse, or if he wear out his welcome, away with him.
It was a sickening struggle, calculated to wear out both combatants in short order.
It kept me in,” said Helen, “for I had nothing fit to wear out in the rain.
The cloth never can to wear out in much time, but it can to cover the holes behind in his trousers.
Should I permit him to wear out his days in sorrowing for my loss—oh, no!
"Sell and wear out; wear out and sell;" that is the principle of to-day.
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."