Definition of whittle away
- I'm still trying to whittle away a few more pounds.
: a large knife
: to pare or cut off chips from the surface of (wood) with a knife
: to shape or form by so paring or cutting
: to reduce, remove, or destroy gradually as if by cutting off bits with a knife : pare
: on the way : along
: from this or that place
: in a secure place or manner
: absent from a place : gone
: distant in space or time
: played on an opponent's grounds
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