whittle away


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Related to whittle away: whittle down
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.whittle away - cut away in small pieces
damage - inflict damage upon; "The snow damaged the roof"; "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"
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w>whittle away

vt sep
bark etcwegschneiden, wegschnitzen
(= gradually reduce)allmählich abbauen, nach und nach abbauen; rights, power etcallmählich or nach und nach beschneiden or stutzen; the benefit/pay increase has been whittled away by inflationder Gewinn/die Gehaltserhöhung ist durch die Inflation langsam zunichtegemacht worden
References in classic literature ?
"I daresay I'd be wiser not to whittle away my copy.
In the past people have seen trade agreements negotiated behind closed doors that have tried to whittle away the very things people value most this is not acceptable.
Chris Hill and wife Susan fought a "long and wearying" battle with Grant Shortland as they tried "little by little" to whittle away his right of way to boost the value of their own home.
Proceeds would help whittle away some of the $20.6B in debt held by CCO's parent iHeartMedia, taken private in 2008 by buyout firms Bain Capital and Thomas H.