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English definition of “gnaw away at sth”

gnaw away at sth

phrasal verb with gnaw     /nɔː/ US  /nɑː/ verb [I + prep, T]
to gradually reduce or spoil something: Bad debts are continuing to gnaw away at the bank's profits.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
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