grind down

grind down
verb
rule a country as a tyrant
Syn: ↑tyrannize, ↑tyrannise
Derivationally related forms: ↑tyrant (for: ↑tyrannize)
Hypernyms: ↑dictate
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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transitive verb
: to repress harshly : keep rigidly under control or in a state of submission

the nobility ground down the peasants with an infinite variety of petty exactions

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ˌgrind ˈdown [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they grind down he/she/it grinds down present participle grinding down past tense ground down past participle ground down] phrasal verb
to treat someone in a cruel way over a long period and gradually destroy their confidence or strength
Thesaurus: to be cruel or unkind to someonesynonym
Main entry: grind

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grind down [phrasal verb]
1 grind down (something) or grind (something) down : to make (something hard) smaller and smoother by gradually rubbing off tiny bits

The old dog's teeth had been ground down by use.

2 grind down (someone or something) or grind (someone or something) down : to weaken or destroy (someone or something) gradually

Poverty ground her spirit down.

These people have been ground down by years of oppression.

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Main Entry:grind

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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