chew away

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Related to chew away: chew someone out

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vilange herumkauen (→ at an or auf +dat); the rats have been chewing away at the woodworkdie Ratten haben am Holz herumgenagt
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Babies can stack the parts for many silly combinations, and chew away at raised textures intended for teething.
When soil microorganisms chew away on such mulches, decomposing them, they have to balance their carbon-rich diet with extra nitrogen, which they must find somewhere else.
The larvae of these beetles can chew away at the roots of your plant until it topples and rhodos are one of their favourite meals.
So the Farm Bill dithers in Never-Never Land, plows continue to chew away at CRP acreage and native prairie and wildlife suffers, and, by association, so do upland bird and duck hunters.