gnaw at


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Related to gnaw at: gnaw away
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.gnaw at - become ground down or deteriorate; "Her confidence eroded"
decay, dilapidate, crumble - fall into decay or ruin; "The unoccupied house started to decay"
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Gnaw at the past, dig into father's cancer and find there
Once again, Waterford failed to raise a green flag in a big game but McGrath (right) insisted: "It wouldn't gnaw at me.
The mammals are most likely multituberculates, an extinct order of archaic mammals that resemble rodents and had paired upper and lower incisors - which they used to gnaw at the bones for minerals rather than for meat.