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grind someone down

Definition of grind someone down in English:

Wear someone down with continuous harsh or oppressive treatment: mundane everyday things which just grind people down
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  • ‘We are fighting a continual battle and eventually it grinds you down,’ she said.
  • We know that his years of drudgery have ground him 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.
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