When they try to wean themselves off the pills, they find it nearly impossible, at first, to go to the bathroom normally.
“Since MGP whiskey is [more than] 80 percent of my revenues, it might be silly to wean myself off of that,” Perkins says.
I have spent the past year attempting to wean myself off of my Christmas cravings.
The court postponed execution of the sentence, to give her time to recover from childbirth and to wean the new baby.
But it was Carter who first crusaded for the U.S. to wean itself off of its dependence on oil.
All too late his wife saw the blunder she had made, and tried to wean him back to sobriety.
But I might have known that she could not, all at once, wean herself from the trumpery.
They are chastened to wean them from the world, and make them partakers of God's holiness.
I wrote Turner Simpson to send you the pup when it was old enough to wean.
Also, if Manley meant to wean them, she would have to see that they were fed and watered, she supposed.
Old English wenian "to accustom," from Proto-Germanic *wanjanan (cf. Old Norse venja, Dutch wennen, Old High German giwennan, German gewöhnen "to accustom"), from *wanaz "accustomed" (related to wont). The sense of weaning a child from the breast in Old English was generally expressed by gewenian or awenian, which has a sense of "unaccustom" (cf. German abgewöhnen, entwöhnen "to wean," literally "to unaccustom"). The prefix subsequently wore off. Figurative extension to any pursuit or habit is from 1520s.
v. weaned, wean·ing, weans
To deprive permanently of breast milk and begin to nourish with other food.
To accustom the young of a mammal to take nourishment other than by suckling.
To gradually withdraw from a life-support system.
Among the Hebrews children (whom it was customary for the mothers to nurse, Ex. 2:7-9; 1 Sam. 1:23; Cant. 8:1) were not generally weaned till they were three or four years old.