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English definition of “gnaw”

gnaw

verb  // us  

gnaw verb (BITE)

[I/T] to bite or chew something repeatedly: [I] The cat began to gnaw at the towel beneath him.

gnaw verb (FEEL ANXIOUS)

[I always + adv/prep] to cause someone to feel continual anxiety or pain
gnawing
adjective  /ˈnɔ·ɪŋ/ us  
He has gnawing doubts about his loyalties.
(Definition of gnaw from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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