whittle away


whittle away

v. (D; intr.) to whittle away at (to whittle away at smb.'s alibi)

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(D; intr.) to whittle away at (to whittle away at smb. 's alibi)

Combinatory dictionary. 2013.

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  • whittle away at — 1. To pare or whittle 2. To reduce, curtail or circumscribe little by little • • • Main Entry: ↑whittle …   Useful english dictionary

  • whittle away — verb cut away in small pieces • Syn: ↑whittle down, ↑wear away • Hypernyms: ↑damage • Verb Frames: Somebody s something Something s something * * * ˌ …   Useful english dictionary

  • whittle away — phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms whittle away : present tense I/you/we/they whittle away he/she/it whittles away present participle whittling away past tense whittled away past participle whittled away to gradually reduce the… …   English dictionary

  • whittle away — PHRASAL VERB To whittle away something or whittle away at it means to gradually make it smaller, weaker, or less effective. [V P n (not pron)] I believe that the Government s general aim is to whittle away the Welfare State... [V P at n] Their… …   English dictionary

  • whittle away — reduce, cut down …   English contemporary dictionary

  • whittle away (to) —  Slowly reduce/shrink. Like a craftsman carving a piece of wood, managers may choose to slowly rearrange or reduce a department or division …   American business jargon

  • whittle something down — whittle (something) down to gradually reduce or destroy something. By halftime our team s lead had been whittled down to only two points. College is so expensive, after two years, my college fund has been whittled away to almost nothing. Usage… …   New idioms dictionary

  • whittle down — whittle (something) down to gradually reduce or destroy something. By halftime our team s lead had been whittled down to only two points. College is so expensive, after two years, my college fund has been whittled away to almost nothing. Usage… …   New idioms dictionary

  • whittle — ► VERB 1) carve (wood) by repeatedly cutting small slices from it. 2) make by whittling. 3) (whittle away/down) reduce by degrees. ORIGIN from dialect whittle «knife», from an Old English word meaning «cut, cut off» …   English terms dictionary

  • whittle — whit|tle [ˈwıtl] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: whittle large knife (15 19 centuries), from thwittle (14 19 centuries), from thwite to whittle (11 19 centuries), from Old English thwitan] 1.) also whittle down [T] to gradually make something smaller …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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