ablate, abrade, abrase, aculeate, acuminate, afflict, agonize, ail, application, atomize, badger, barb, bark, beast of burden, beat, beat down, beaten path, belch, bibliolater, bibliolatrist, bibliomane, bibliomaniac, bibliophage, bibliophile, bibliophilist, bite, blare, blat, bone, boning, booklover, bookworm, brainwork, bray, break, break into pieces, break to pieces, break up, brecciate, browbeat, bulldoze, bully, bureaucracy, bureaucratism, burn, burr, buzz, cackle, castrate, caw, chafe, champ, chaw, chew, chew the cud, chew up, chinoiserie, chirr, chomp, chore, churn out, clamp down on, clang, clangor, clank, clash, coerce, comminute, compel, con, conning, contemplate, contemplation, contriturate, convulse, cow, cram, cramming, crash, craunch, croak, crucify, crumb, crumble, crump, crunch, crush, cuspidate, cut, cut to pieces, daily grind, daunt, demolish, despotize, diffuse, dig, dirty work, disintegrate, disperse, disrupt, distress, domineer, domineer over, donkeywork, drill, drudge, drudgery, edge, elucubrate, emery, employment, engrossment, enslave, erase, erode, examine, excruciate, exercise, exertion, extensive study, fag, failing student, fatigue, fester, file, fission, flour, fragment, fray, frazzle, fret, gall, galley slave, generate, give pain, gnash, gnaw, gnaw away, go over, grain, granulate, granulize, grate, graze, greasy grind, grind down, grind to powder, grinding, gripe, grit, groan, groove, growl, grub, grumble, gum, hack, hammer, hammer away, handiwork, handwork, harass, harrow, harry, headwork, hector, henpeck, hone, hound, hurt, ill-treat, industry, inflame, inflict pain, inspection, intimidate, irritate, jangle, jar, jog trot, keep down, keep under, kill by inches, labor, lacerate, levigate, lick, lick of work, lord it over, lucubrate, lucubration, make mincemeat of, maltreat, manual labor, martyr, martyrize, mash, masticate, mental labor, mill, mince, moil, mouth, muck, mugger, mumble, munch, nibble, nip, oilstone, oppress, overachiever, overawe, overbear, overmaster, override, pace, pain, peg, peg away, persecute, perusal, peruse, pestle, philobiblist, pierce, pinch, plague, plod, plodder, plug, plug along, plug away, plugging, plunge into, point, polish, pore over, pound, pound away, powder, practice, press heavy on, prick, produce, prolong the agony, pulverize, pumice, put to torture, rack, rankle, rasp, rat race, raze, read, reading, red tape, red-tapeism, reduce to powder, regard studiously, repress, reset, restudy, restudying, review, ride over, ride roughshod over, rote, round, routine, rub, rub away, rub off, rub out, ruminate, run, rut, sand, sandblast, sandpaper, scatter, scour, scranch, scrape, scratch, scrub, scrunch, scuff, scut work, set, shard, sharpen, shatter, shiver, shred, skin, slave, slavery, slog, slogger, smash, smash up, smooth, snarl, snore, spadework, spiculate, splinter, spur, squash, squirrel cage, squish, stab, sting, strap, stroke, stroke of work, strop, study, studying, subdue, subject, subjugate, suppress, sweat, swot, swotter, swotting, taper, task, terrorize, tiresome work, toil, torment, torture, track, trample down, trample upon, travail, tread down, tread upon, treadmill, triturate, turn out, twang, tweak, twist, tyrannize, tyrannize over, underachiever, unman, vet, wade through, walk all over, walk over, wear, wear away, wear down, weigh heavy on, well-worn groove, whet, wide reading, work, work away, workhorse, wound, wring
become small, become smaller, lessen, decrease, grow less, dwindle, shrink, contract, narrow, shrivel, collapse, wither, lose flesh, wizen, fall away, waste, wane, ebb, decay, be smaller than, fall short of, not come up to, render smaller, lessen, diminish, contract, draw in, narrow, coarctate, boil down, constrict, constringe, condense, compress, squeeze, corrugate, crimp, crunch, crush, crumple up, warp, purse up, pack, squeeze, stow, pinch, tighten, strangle, cramp, dwarf, bedwarf, shorten, circumscribe, restrain, (subtraction) 38 abrade, pare, reduce, attenuate, rub down, scrape, file, file down, grind, grind down, chip, shave, shear, wear down.
be malevolent, bear spleen, harbor spleen, bear a grudge, harbor a grudge, bear malice, betray the cloven foot, show the cloven foot, hurt, annoy, injure, harm, wrong, do harm to, do an ill office to, outrage, disoblige, malign, plant a thorn in the breast, molest, worry, harass, haunt, harry, bait, tease, throw stones at, play the devil with, hunt down, dragoon, hound, persecute, oppress, grind, maltreat, illtreat, ill-use, wreak one's malice on, do one's worst, break a butterfly on the wheel, dip one's hands in blood, imbrue one's hands in blood, have no mercy.
be sharp, taper to a point, bristle with, render sharp, sharpen, point, aculeate, whet, barb, spiculate, set, strop, grind, chip (flint), cut.
come to dust, be disintegrated, be reduced to powder reduce to powder, grind to powder, pulverize, comminute, granulate, triturate, levigate, scrape, file, abrade, rub down, grind, grate, rasp, pound, bray, bruise, contuse, contund, beat, crush, cranch, craunch, crunch, scranch, crumble, disintegrate, attenuate.
rub, scratch, scrape, scrub, slide, fray, rasp, graze, curry, scour, polish, rub out, wear down, gnaw, file, grind, set one's teeth on edge, rosin.
learn, acquire knowledge, gain knowledge, receive knowledge, take in knowledge, drink in knowledge, imbibe knowledge, pick up knowledge, gather knowledge, get knowledge, obtain knowledge, collect knowledge, glean knowledge, glean information, glean learning, acquaint oneself with, master, make oneself master of, make oneself acquainted with, grind, cram, get up, coach up, learn by heart, learn by rote, read, spell, peruse, con over, pore over, thumb over, wade through, dip into, run the eye over, run the eye through, turn over the leaves, study, be studious, burn the midnight oil, consume the midnight oil, mind one's book, cram, go to school, go to college, go to the university, matriculate, serve an apprenticeship, serve one's apprenticeship, serve one's time, learn one's trade, be informed, be taught, drop out, leave school, quit school, graduate, transfer, take a leave, dismiss, expel, kick out of school, flunk out, be dismissed.