nibble (away) at

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of nibble (away) at

: to make (something) disappear or go away very slowly
  • Police have been nibbling (away) at crime in the city for years.

Word by Word Definitions

nibble play
  1. : to bite gently

  2. : to eat or chew in small bits

  3. : to take away bit by bit

  1. : an act of nibbling

  2. : a very small quantity or portion (as of food)

  3. : a tentative expression of interest

away play
  1. : on the way : along

  2. : from this or that place

  3. : in a secure place or manner

  1. : absent from a place : gone

  2. : distant in space or time

  3. : played on an opponent's grounds


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