chip away at

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Verb1.chip away at - remove or withdraw gradually: "These new customs are chipping away at the quality of life"
remove, take away, withdraw, take - remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

w>chip away at

vi +prep obj authority, systemunterminieren; debtsreduzieren, verringern; to chip away at somebody’s imagejds Image ankratzen, jdn demontieren
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And, on the back of recent fundraising drives, the club continued to chip away at its tax bill yesterday.
What is the Brady Campaign doing in your state to chip away at the way you do business?
A POPULAR city bus route will be phased out "through the back door" if transport bosses continue to chip away at the service, an angry councillor has claimed.
Meanwhile, the REIT continued to chip away at its plan to divest itself of non-core assets with the sale of 70 West 36th Street for $61.
Because the Trojans are not getting much pressure, teams are content to chip away at the defense, and USC coach Pete Carroll is sitting back in safe mode, without blitzing to increase pressure.
A Midwestern broker notes that transportation costs are continuing to chip away at margins and that the effect is particularly noticeable since this time last year.
Rather than trying to ban abortion outright, which most politicians acknowledge the American public does not support, they instead chip away at the right to choose, one restriction at a time.
Comparative psychologist Todd Freeberg of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, who has studied chickadee communication, says that Templeton's work is "really starting to chip away at understanding the richness of the information" that chickadees can communicate.
Another way to chip away at that propaganda stink is to quote people outside the company: analysts, trade-publication editors, customers and industry experts.
But it wasn't long before the competition started to chip away at segments where the newly efficient GM was underrepresented, or absent.
I am a 65-year-old Catholic who has watched society and government chip away at what I was led to believe was the truth--abortion is wrong, same-sex marriage is wrong--etc.
When the sister of a murdered informant (Eva Marie Saint) and a local labor priest (Karl Malden) begin to chip away at Terry's dormant conscience, the small-time hood begins to question the things he and his bosses are doing.