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How would you explain “wore it to the bone” here?


The empty city smoldered. We wore it to the bone with our modern instruments. Walls crumbled. Blocks composed of halves of shelled buildings allowed warm breezes to sweep up trash and dust and send them swirling in little cyclones as we walked. We took breaks for water, smoked where we pleased, reclined in chairs behind unoccupied desks. Empty shops with wood-fronted booths still stocked with wares from times at once ancient and obscure filled the bazaars. We placed our feet on the desks, as the soles of our boots could not offend the dead.

How would you explain “wear” in the second sentence? Does it mean they totally destroyed the whole city?

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    It means wear as in wear down, so yes, you are right, they destroyed the whole city!

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