whittle down

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Verb1.whittle down - 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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vt sep
piece of woodherunterschneiden; to whittle down to sizezurechtschneiden, zurechtstutzen
(= reduce)kürzen, reduzieren, stutzen (→ to auf +acc); gap, differenceverringern
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The transfer of 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans to the UAE comes amid a renewed push to whittle down the number of detainees held at the U.S.
The TV judges arrived at London's Emirates Stadium with Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh to whittle down the entries for the ITV show.
According to sources, the federal Interior Ministry dispatched a letter to the Punjab government apprising that terror attacks are feared at parks in the city; accordingly, Punjab police directed Punjab Parks and Horticultural Authority to ramp up security at parks and other recreational sites and whittle down their timings from 12:00 am.