Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

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
(Definition of gnaw away at sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of gnaw away at sth

Translations of “gnaw away at sth”

Word of the Day


an ability to do things in the stated, especially positive, way

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More