English version

grind somebody ↔ down

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishgrind somebody ↔ down phrasal verbCONTROLto treat someone in a cruel way for such a long time that they lose all courage and hope syn oppress I’ve never let male colleagues grind me down. grind→ See Verb table
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grind downAlternatively, chop the nuts very finely, add the garlic and use a pestle and mortar to grind them down.I've never let male colleagues grind me down.Larry moved her to Beaumont, Texas, where his jealousy and possessive ways slowly ground her down.Westmoreland was wrong to count on his superior firepower to grind us down.With Rufus it did to some extent come back again and all he could do was grind it down and soldier on.The idea is to grind his victims down by boring them to death.He grinds the stub down carefully and looks at it an instant reverentially.I radioed for clearance and ground slowly down the runway.
From Longman Business Dictionarygrind somebody → down phrasal verb [transitive] to spend a long time arguing with someone so that they are finally no longer able to oppose youHe’s a brilliant negotiator and eventually grinds down his opponents. grind→ See Verb table
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Verb table
grind
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theygrind
he, she, itgrinds
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyground
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave ground
he, she, ithas ground
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad ground
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill grind
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have ground
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam grinding
he, she, itis grinding
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you, we, theyare grinding
Past
I, he, she, itwas grinding
you, we, theywere grinding
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been grinding
he, she, ithas been grinding
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been grinding
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be grinding
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been grinding
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