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wear down

wear down

Date: Mar 18 2010

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?”

- Actress Sandra Bullock accepting her Academy Award for Best Actress (People)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

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exhaust or break down by lots of pressure

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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At this year’s Oscars, the award for best actress went to Sandra Bullock. When she made her acceptance speech, she joked that the only reason she had won the award was because the voters were tired of her and wanted her to stop bothering them. She joked that she had worn them down.

When you wear someone down, you put continuous pressure on them until they finally give in and do what you want. Kids wear down their parents by asking them for a certain toy or permission to go out with their friends over and over and over. In an argument, one person might wear down the other by making the same points again and again and refusing to listen to the opposite side. And in sports, one team wears down its opponent by being tough and aggressive.

Wear down isn’t the only expression that uses the verb wear. If something wears out, it becomes unusable through heavy use. And if something wears off, it gradually goes away. Sandra Bullock probably hopes that her popularity as an actress won’t wear off any time soon.

Have you ever gotten something you wanted by wearing someone down? Do you think Sandra Bullock deserved to win the Academy Award for best actress?

Examples

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“Melissa didn’t want to marry me at first, but I finally wore her down and she said yes.”

“My parents wear me down with their endless nagging.”

“Harry won the debate by wearing down his opponents.”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

ivan.111 to gradually make someone physically weaker or less determined
by ivan.111
_Sasha_ bore, bother, pester
by _Sasha_
mauer make someone feel tired or bored
by mauer
Zambuka to tire somebody , to bore
by Zambuka
ilovepeace Make something weaker
by ilovepeace
Lubna Alyy make some weaker or less determined,discourage.
by Lubna Alyy

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zahid123

Pakistan

she is good actress and deserved the award

11:13 AM Apr 14 2010 |

Visent

Visent

China

i have seen film speed, i think it is time to pick her up again.bullock

11:17 AM Mar 24 2010 |

ala4fadeel

Sudan

Manchester united worn down Chelsea last week and at the end of the match they won 2-1.

05:47 AM Mar 24 2010 |

ala4fadeel

Sudan

Manchester united worn down Chelsea last week and at the end of the match they won 2-1.

05:47 AM Mar 24 2010 |

SashaSo

SashaSo

Russian Federation

Sandra is really good actress.I like her so much.She definetely deserved this award.I wish it is not last award for her.Smile

09:35 PM Mar 23 2010 |

ibexhunter

ibexhunter

Saudi Arabia

i love Sandra Bullock,she is the one of the best actress>Laughing

02:01 AM Mar 21 2010 |

sallyj

sallyj

Jordan

alhagag…hahhahah she's bored???

C'mon….she's not boring at all…and not BORED..XD..but she'll get bored if she reads ur comment :p

(juz kidding,dude)

11:53 PM Mar 20 2010 |

khaye-cee

khaye-cee

Philippines

my sister wearing me down sometimes because she always teasing me whenever shes not in the mood aw! :( anyways i love Sandra Bullock she is a great actress for me she deserve her award! Kiss

01:49 PM Mar 20 2010 |

Mugdha

Mugdha

India

My next boss was wearing me down for resign to my post.

12:35 PM Mar 20 2010 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

time ago my girlfriend was wear me down jijijiji , but now i can breath pure air

12:08 AM Mar 20 2010 |

Alenka19

Belarus

утомить, измотать

06:26 PM Mar 19 2010 |

lenny80a

Germany

Sandra Bullock is a great actress!  She didn't wear her voters down because of deserving the  most important famous film award, the Oscar.

11:04 AM Mar 19 2010 |

Ca_Brazil

Ca_Brazil

Brazil

yes, she is a very good actress, i like her.

01:07 AM Mar 19 2010 |

alhgag

alhgag

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

i don't like her because she's bored

08:58 PM Mar 18 2010 |

nour_2

nour_2

Syrian Arab Republic

i adore this actress ….

she was amazing in all her roles and i liked the proposal so much of her…..

07:37 PM Mar 18 2010 |

Rasha El-badry

Egypt

I liked his lesson.

07:22 PM Mar 18 2010 |

mardyyang

China

sandra bullock ,i never heard her before!sorry!

03:20 PM Mar 18 2010 |

Rio choi

Rio choi

South Korea

Sandra Bullock look like younger than before.

01:34 PM Mar 18 2010 |

Liica9

Brazil

To be a pain in the …

01:19 PM Mar 18 2010 |

mickee85

mickee85

Philippines

sandra bullock is such a great actress in the world of hollywood, she deserves the award. But what made me felt so excited was Kristen Stewart, lol, I've only watched oscars because of her.

11:05 AM Mar 18 2010 |

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