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whittle away at sth

verb [T] uk phrasal verb with whittle   /ˈwɪt.l̩/ us    /ˈwɪt̬-/
to gradually reduce the size or importance of something: A series of new laws has gradually whittled away at the powers of the trade unions in this country.
Translations of “whittle away at sth”
in Chinese (Traditional) 削減, 削弱…
in Chinese (Simplified) 削减, 削弱…
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