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attrition

noun decrease, disintegration, dwindling, erosion, fading, falling off, lessening, waning, wearing away
See also: erosion
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We have to keep trucking, we have to keep trying to force mistakes and play attritional cricket and I actually think we've done that really well so far.
It was an attritional day but I was pretty happy with the way it came out for me.
What worked in 2009-2012 is irrelevant now but if you keep playing attritional cricket you produce attritional characters who can't think any other way.
Maria Sharapova survived an attritional battle against Romania's Alexandra Dulgheru to reach the third round but Agnieszka Radwanska became the first major casualty.
Devvarman held his service game and then broke Chen in the next to win 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/3), 1-6, 6-2, 9-7 after an attritional battle that lasted more than four hours.
The Spaniard, who reached the semi-finals twice at Melbourne Park, braved temperatures of 42 degrees Celsius on the Rod Laver Arena and wore down Laver with his trademark brand of attritional tennis within two hours and 12 minutes.
Root's strike rate of just under 37 was bettered - just - by Kevin Pietersen as he made 50 but was in excess of any other England batsman in the innings thus far on an attritional day.
Coming in to this match, both sides had been scoring freely so it was something of a surprise that this was largely an attritional battle.
Summary: A 10-man Chelsea pulled off a remarkable feat of attritional football to win 3-2 on aggregate (2-2 on the night) against Barcelona.
It's going to be attritional cricket for five days," he added.
Cardiff worked tirelessly to carve out only a handful of chances over the course of 90 attritional minutes at the Cardiff City Stadium.
An attritional second half lacked clear-cut opportunities but Jarvis' second penalty after 56 minutes put Connacht further ahead and they held on to win their first game of the new season.