wear on

wear on  {v.}
1. To anger or annoy; tire.
Having to stay indoors all day long is tiresome for the children and wears on their mother's nerves.
2. To drag on; pass gradually or slowly; continue in the same old way.
Johnny tried to wait up for Santa Claus but as the night wore on, he couldn't keep his eyes open.
As the years wore on, the man in prison grew old.
The boys' quarrel wore on all afternoon.
Categories: anger verb