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 for To wear away
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wear \Wear\, v. t. [imp. Wore (w[=o]r); p. p. Worn
     (w[=o]rn); p. pr. & vb. n. Wearing. Before the 15th century
     wear was a weak verb, the imp. & p. p. being Weared.] [OE.
     weren, werien, AS. werian to carry, to wear, as arms or
     clothes; akin to OHG. werien, weren, to clothe, Goth. wasjan,
     L. vestis clothing, vestire to clothe, Gr. "enny`nai, Skr.
     vas. Cf. Vest.]
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     1. To carry or bear upon the person; to bear upon one's self,
        as an article of clothing, decoration, warfare, bondage,
        etc.; to have appendant to one's body; to have on; as, to
        wear a coat; to wear a shackle.
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              What compass will you wear your farthingale? --Shak.
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              On her white breast a sparkling cross she wore,
              Which Jews might kiss, and infidels adore. --Pope.
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     2. To have or exhibit an appearance of, as an aspect or
        manner; to bear; as, she wears a smile on her countenance.
        "He wears the rose of youth upon him." --Shak.
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              His innocent gestures wear
              A meaning half divine.                --Keble.
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     3. To use up by carrying or having upon one's self; hence, to
        consume by use; to waste; to use up; as, to wear clothes
        rapidly.
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     4. To impair, waste, or diminish, by continual attrition,
        scraping, percussion, on the like; to consume gradually;
        to cause to lower or disappear; to spend.
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              That wicked wight his days doth wear. --Spenser.
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              The waters wear the stones.           --Job xiv. 19.
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     5. To cause or make by friction or wasting; as, to wear a
        channel; to wear a hole.
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     6. To form or shape by, or as by, attrition.
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              Trials wear us into a liking of what, possibly, in
              the first essay, displeased us.       --Locke.
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     To wear away, to consume; to impair, diminish, or destroy,
        by gradual attrition or decay.
  
     To wear off, to diminish or remove by attrition or slow
        decay; as, to wear off the nap of cloth.
  
     To wear on or To wear upon, to wear. [Obs.] "[I] weared
        upon my gay scarlet gites [gowns.]" --Chaucer.
  
     To wear out.
        (a) To consume, or render useless, by attrition or decay;
            as, to wear out a coat or a book.
        (b) To consume tediously. "To wear out miserable days."
            --Milton.
        (c) To harass; to tire. "[He] shall wear out the saints of
            the Most High." --Dan vii. 25.
        (d) To waste the strength of; as, an old man worn out in
            military service.
  
     To wear the breeches. See under Breeches. [Colloq.]
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