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"
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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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