gnaw at

phrasal verb

gnawed at; gnawing at; gnaws at
: to be a source of worry or concern to (someone)
This problem has been gnawing at me day and night.
She says she's fine, but I can see that something is gnawing at her.

Examples of gnaw at in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The case gnawed at him and other investigators for years. Rocco Parascandola, New York Daily News, 27 June 2024 As Horton Sheff sat and took notes, a statistic gnawed at her conscience — 74% of Hartford eighth-graders could not read on grade level. Alison Cross, Hartford Courant, 17 June 2024 Fellow chainsaw artist Evelyn Mogren has also been working to carve a wooden tableau of nature, featuring two bears playing, a beaver gnawing at a tree stump, and a fox chasing a rabbit for the town. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 22 Apr. 2024 What’s next Putin thinks the West is fractured and fractious, and will eventually permit him to gnaw at the weak points in its society and its defenses. Trudy Rubin, Twin Cities, 15 May 2024 And just as the Dodgers finally completed their blockbuster move for Betts, Moreno reportedly called off the Pederson/Stripling/Pages agreement, later confirming that, while there were other unspecified factors at play, the five-day delay had gnawed at his patience. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2024 What gnaws at Romero’s self-worth is the same cruel trick played on Boomer computer techies, sales reps and accountants across the corporate landscape. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, 4 Jan. 2024 But something kept gnawing at her to take on the tougher challenge. Sam Lubell, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2024 For almost as long as Henry Louis Gates, Jr. can remember, questions about his heritage have gnawed at him. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024

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“Gnaw at.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gnaw%20at. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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