attrition

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attrition

noun decrease, disintegration, dwindling, erosion, fading, falling off, lessening, waning, wearing away
See also: erosion
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BEIRUT: In a performance reminiscent of Inter Milan in 2010, 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 in the Nou Camp Tuesday to earn a place in the Champions League final.
Additionally, the US tactical focus on killing or capturing enemies promised little more than attritional warfare without operational breakthrough.
Played on a pitch so moribund that the game was bound to become an attritional encounter, matters were not helped by another disappointing display of umpiring that saw more than 22 overs culled from the day unnecessarily.
Excluding attritional losses, the total loss for 2007 was $1.
The error statistics from each set of data are contrasted to demonstrate contact linguistic mechanisms and specific grammatical and lexical features that are most prone to attritional forces.
This is referred to as attritional mortality and is characterised by a high number of infant deaths, low numbers of adolescent deaths and a gradual increase in mortality throughout adulthood.
Then there was the attritional grind through Caen, Falaise, and the bocage country to the south.
A lot of the bottom-end reinsurance capacity disappeared, so many accounts with attritional losses or claims activity were not renewed.
Challenges associated with improving operating performance -- Increased claims inflation and a higher frequency of attritional losses have exerted downward pressure on the Club's underwriting results -- combined ratio of 117.
I fancy Jose Mourinho will probably go ultradefensive in order to get something out of this one and I think an attritional draw is on the cards at lunchtime.
But what also made the difference in getting away from attritional Welsh derby rugby was the imminence of World Cup squad selection and Warren Gatland and his coaching team all watching in the stands.
They need to pull their horns in a little bit in terms of playing 15-man rugby, and become more attritional.