whittle away

phrasal verb

whittled away; whittling away; whittles away
: to reduce or get rid of (something) slowly
I'm still trying to whittle away a few more pounds.

Examples of whittle away in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This phenomenon accounts for recent progress in whittling away at the two to one unemployment ratio amid breakneck hiring over the past two years, Weller added. Max Zahn, ABC News, 3 Feb. 2024 The computer program still has a chance to whittle away the human players’ lead in the second half of the tournament this week and battle humanity to a statistical draw. IEEE Spectrum, 5 May 2015 In 2023, the legislature whittled away at guardianships of the estate, emphasized alternatives to guardianship and encouraged restoration of a ward’s rights. Virginia Hammerle, Dallas News, 13 Aug. 2023 And everybody knows that as the checks stopped coming, the economy reopened and inflation began to bite, those savings got whittled away. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 26 Sep. 2023 That would whittle away at a pillar of the government’s attempt to show Menendez had committed abuse of office. Stanley M. Brand, The Conversation, 24 Sep. 2023 The union will press for better wages and working conditions for members who have seen their numbers, wages and benefits whittled away for years, just like those of millions of others in the American job force. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 Cheap tactics to try and whittle away at what the voters will likely enshrine. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 6 Sep. 2023 Indeed, this is a comfortable and accommodating place to whittle away the miles. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 31 May 2023 See More

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“Whittle away.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whittle%20away. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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