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gnaw

verb [I + prep, T] uk   /nɔː/ us    /nɑː/

gnaw verb [I + prep, T] (BITE)

to bite or chew something repeatedly, usually making a hole in it or gradually destroying it: Babies like to gnaw hard objects when they're teething. A dog lay under the table, gnawing on a bone.

gnaw verb [I + prep, T] (FEEL WORRIED)

to make you feel worried or uncomfortable: I've been gnawed by guilt about not replying to her letter yet. The feeling that I've forgotten something has been gnawing at me all day.
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