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wear off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wear off deteriorate through use or stress "The constant friction wore out the cloth"
    • v wear off diminish, as by friction "Erosion wore away the surface"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The trainees are thrown into a pool with their hands and feet tied wearing snorkeling masks. They are then harassed by their instructors who knock their masks off, spin their bodies, and pull them under in an effort to disorient the student.
    • Wear off to rub off by friction: to diminish by decay: to pass away by degrees
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. werian, to wear; Ice. verja, to cover, Goth. wasjan.

Usage

In literature:

Cut off from civilization, conventional veneer soon wears away.
"The Passenger from Calais" by Arthur Griffiths
Now I'll go find some flowers to wear, and then I'm off.
"Mrs. Red Pepper" by Grace S. Richmond
That would wear off, he assured himself.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
He was modest and gentle, and shy even to disease; but this was wearing off.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
Leastways, they'll be gettin' over un th' sooner they hears, for trouble always wears off some wi' passin' time.
"Ungava Bob" by Dillon Wallace
Number 2, after completing the circle, tags off Number 1, the captain of the team, wearing a sash.
"School, Church, and Home Games" by George O. Draper
But this will wear off and is already wearing away.
"Sir Walter Scott as a Critic of Literature" by Margaret Ball
The charm was beginning to wear off.
"Skookum Chuck Fables" by Skookum Chuck (pseud for R.D. Cumming)
Of course the calf did not know that the paint would not wear off for a long time.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Playing Circus" by Laura Lee Hope
It is a mere superficial thing, and will wear off immediately.
"Is Life Worth Living?" by William Hurrell Mallock
Still the stone did wear the iron, and he felt sure that, by perseverance, he should succeed in wearing off the burrs.
"The Lion of Saint Mark" by G. A. Henty
I wear no mask off the stage.
"Beth Norvell" by Randall Parrish
As he skated forward, the former major of the school battalion stripped off the sweater he was wearing.
"The Mystery at Putnam Hall" by Arthur M. Winfield
Then she took off the hat she was wearing.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
So a year and more wears off of mingled home-life, visiting, and travel.
"Dream Life" by Donald G. Mitchell
The excitement caused by the first blow struck at the enemy and the successful target practice that followed would not soon wear off.
"Navy Boys Behind the Big Guns" by Halsey Davidson
Yost and Rinehart wear a broad smile as they tell of the way Parke Davis used to entertain teams off the field.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
A pep-shot headache was already beginning, but would wear off soon.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
The drug would wear off, the wounds would heal, and the pain would disappear in time.
"Man of Many Minds" by E. Everett Evans
It's a tidy cover off'n a bureau, and I don't want to wear it at all, at all.
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
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In poetry:

``From Jove I first received the gift,
I from Jehovah wear it now,
Nor shall profane invader lift
The diadem from off my brow.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
But at the end, be insolent;
Be absurd—strike the thing short off;
Be mad—only do not let talk
Wear the bloom from silence.
"Words For Departure" by Louise Bogan
Both with spear, bylle, and brande,
Yt was a myghtti sight to se;
Hardyar men, both off hart nor hande,
Wear not in Cristiante.
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British
Tivydale may carpe off care,
Northombarlond may mayk grea mon,
For towe such captayns as slayne wear thear
On the March-parti shall never be non.
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British
Then the Perse owt off Banborowe cam,
With him a myghtee meany,
With fifteen hondrith archares bold off blood and bone;
The wear chosen owt of shyars thre.
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British
And none of all that bright heroic throng
Shall wear to far-off time a semblance grander,
Shall still be decked with fresher wreaths of song,
Than this beloved commander.
"Obsequies Of Stuart" by John Reuben Thompson

In news:

A teenager wearing nothing but a Spider-Man mask pulled off a caper that some are calling the best of its kind.
But just like any joke, the humor wears off after you have seen it 100 times, or more.
You've been putting off buying new work clothes, but your wardrobe is showing signs of wear — and some of the items are outdated.
Was this a sign that my iPhone addiction was wearing off.
Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees.
Are your resolutions wearing off already.
Once the initial fever wears off, US sales will disappoint.
While driving across the state a few days ago, I had a light bulb moment that would have knocked my socks off if I'd been wearing any.
Get a glimpse of what the runway darlings are wearing off the catwalk.
The good part is that Auriemma also understands that uncertainty usually wears off as the player matures.
Maybe, but what's truly odd about Matisyahu is how quickly the novelty factor wears off.
Start wearing sweaters again during your forecast, or get off my homepage.
A gunman wearing a gas mask set off an unknown gas and fired into a crowded movie theater in suburban.
How wearing a Romney T-shirt has set off the fireworks in a Philly school.
First off, he's figured out that he's not the headset-wearing, press-conference-giving type.
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