eat away at

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w>eat away at

vi +prep obj
(waves, sea)auswaschen; (acid, rust, pest)anfressen; (rot, damp)angreifen
(fig) revenueauffressen; financesangreifen; societyzerstören
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But until they rid their sport of the politically and racist fuelled 'Ultra' mentality, the cancer will continue to eat away at their sport.
The saddest thing I have seen is veterans who wait years and years to get help, allowing these things to eat away at them so much that it has in many cases ruined their lives.
More than 150 years ago, pioneers on the Tahoe National Forest searched for gold and other precious metals by shooting water through high-pressure hoses to eat away at hillsides and slopes.
In marine environments that are oxygen poor, certain bacteria are known to eat away at iron by converting sulfate in ocean water into the corrosive chemical hydrogen sulfide.
The original mummification process was intended to keep the bodies so dry that the bacteria that would normally eat away at them could not survive.
Racial mistrust and competition eat away at the possibility of positive human relations.
Flames had begun to eat away at a ceiling immediately below the boys' bedroom when the alarm was activated.
However, he cautions businesses about using revolving credit, which provides easy access to funding but can eat away at your cash on hand with high interest rates.
While there is still a large amount of vacant space overhanging the market, there is also a backlog of space needs, unfilled during the Gulf crisis, that is beginning to eat away at it.
Still, the fact that most large corporations turn a profit perpetuates the myth that they are paradigms of efficiency, even as foreign competitors and small domestic firms eat away at their profit margins.