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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Greek statue, discovered off the coast of Croatia in 1998, may help researchers develop metals that are more resistant to "biofouling," the accumulation of critters that can eat away at ships' hulls.
Baseless lawsuits "eat away at the heart of one's calling"
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.
"These kinds of catastrophe losses eat away at a company's bottom line year after year," Clark said.
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.
Officers at the council had recommended the plans be refused because they fear that the scheme would eat away at the green land which separates Bedworth from Coventry.
Various flyers, none of which bear resemblance to each other, eat away at perceptions of consistency.