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uh tri shuhn

  • n  erosion by friction
  • n  the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice
  • n  sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation
  • n  a wearing down to weaken or destroy
    a war of attrition
  • n  the act of rubbing together; wearing something down by friction

  • There was tension in the borders resuling into constant attrition in the ranks of both the countries.
  • But the general election was a war of collision, not attrition.
  • Well-documented records of the longevity of Civil War veterans give Myers his most solid evidence of the true rate of attrition by age.
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  • Joe Lieberman in International Herald Tribune
    Saying the screeners had been beset with "unusually high rates of attrition, vacancy, workplace injury, discrimination complaints and other indications of employee dissatisfaction," Lieberman predicted that the measure would improve security.
  • Theo Epstein in ESPN
    There's so much attrition in baseball. I think the minute we start counting on having a six-man rotation or give it any serious consideration, that's when we lose a pitcher or two in spring training,Epstein said. "I'm sure that topic will...
  • Husain Haqqani in
    We have had tremendous attrition and a lot of loss of lives because of not having the right equipment,he pointed out.

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