whittle away

Definition of whittle away

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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a large knife

  1. :  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

  1. :  on the way :  along

    :  from this or that place

    :  in a secure place or manner

  1. :  absent from a place :  gone

    :  distant in space or time

    :  played on an opponent's grounds

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to criticize severely

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