nibble (away) at

phrasal verb

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

Examples of nibble (away) at in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mineral-rich, crystal-clear green water is warm and filled with tadpoles that delicately nibble at your feet — nature's exfoliant. Maya Kachroo-Levine, Travel + Leisure, 16 Apr. 2024 Women nibble at gender gap while ethnic gaps increase The gender gap in pay, which has long been apparent when IEEE-USA conducts salary surveys, shrunk by $7,100 in 2022, though men still significantly out-earn women by an average of $26,800. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Sep. 2023 Malaysia does some of that kind of work now, and India could nibble away at its market there while doubling down on chip design. Alex Travelli, New York Times, 13 Sep. 2023 These structures nibble away at the iron on the ship, potentially causing the entire vessel to essentially disintegrate in the coming years. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 27 June 2023 Some animals can only survive on blood, like the common bedbug, but others complement their diet with other snacks too — many mosquitoes also nibble away at flowers and fruits. Sofia Quaglia, Discover Magazine, 31 May 2023 The presence of thorns on citrus trees has evolved for exactly the same reason that animals such as hedgehogs and porcupines sport prickly hides– protection from predators, specifically, hungry animals that want to nibble away at the tender leaves and fruit. oregonlive, 6 Aug. 2022 And China is likely to be playing the long game, analysts said, using its gray zone tactics to nibble away at US influence gradually. Brad Lendon, CNN, 10 June 2022

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“Nibble (away) at.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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