To pluck away

to pull away, or to separate by pulling; to tear away.

See also: Pluck

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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So you just try to bounce back the best you can and continue to pluck away."
The hosts started to pluck away at the Widnes club's right side and began to get some joy.
Richards is proving that he's not only adept at plucking guitar strings - he also knows how to pluck away at Jagger's reputation.
HOLLYOAKS (C4 & S4C) Music star-in-the-making Josh has come a long way since he and cousin Fletch used to pluck away on their tattered guitars.
I'm especially pleased to see she hasn't been tempted to pluck away those