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English definition of “whittle away at sth”

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.
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