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Definition gradual loss or weakening — especially loss of people such as in a war
  • a war of attrition
  • The company is reducing the number of employees through normal attrition rather than through layoffs.
  • John's river, some quartz crystals with their edges blunted from attrition, and mixed with gravel on the sea-beach.
    Darwin, Charles  --  The Voyage of the Beagle
  • Attrition was their wisdom.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Now we are in a war of attrition.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Given our rate of attrition, we hadn't much reason to take the chance of being forgiven.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Plan Number Six: Wage a War of Attrition.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Gradually, attrition thinned the ranks.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • The band suffered a lot of attrition but somehow they always kept it going.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • On that night he took to the hills and began his long patient war of attrition against the man I was in danger of becoming.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • And right here the attrition began.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • He hopes to drag out this fight, to bleed us dry through slow attrition.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Whether it was attrition of other people, or whatever.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • The surprise of the attrition rate is that only a fraction of the ill-fated planes were lost in combat.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • But China is a vast country, and despite millions of casualties, Japan's war became a debilitating war of attrition.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • That's where the heaviest attrition is.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • He'd had good experiences with almost all of them, though in his business there was an above-average rate of attrition and turnover.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • This was a battle of attrition.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • Attrition ran 70 percent in early years—but those who lived were nice people.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Cedric knows such issues of racial attrition are subjects of debate on campus, and he looks intently at the professor, letting the silence hang, hoping for a break.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen

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