eat away


eat away

v. (d; intr.) to eat away at (the waves eat away at the shore)

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(d; intr.) to eat away at (the waves eat away at the shore)

Combinatory dictionary. 2013.

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  • eat away at — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms eat away at : present tense I/you/we/they eat away at he/she/it eats away at present participle eating away at past tense ate away at past participle eaten away at to make someone feel more and more unhappy or …   English dictionary

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  • eat away — {v.} 1. To rot, rust, or destroy. * /Rust was eating away the pipe./ * /Cancer ate away the healthy flesh./ See: EAT OUT(2). 2. To gradually consume. * /The ocean waves were gradually eating the volcanic rocks until they turned into black sand./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • eat away — {v.} 1. To rot, rust, or destroy. * /Rust was eating away the pipe./ * /Cancer ate away the healthy flesh./ See: EAT OUT(2). 2. To gradually consume. * /The ocean waves were gradually eating the volcanic rocks until they turned into black sand./ …   Dictionary of American idioms


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