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English definition of “whittle sth down”

whittle sth down

verb [T] uk phrasal verb with whittle   /ˈwɪt.l̩/ us    /ˈwɪt̬-/
to gradually reduce the size of something or the number of people in a group: We had 80 applicants for the job, but we've whittled them down to six.Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong
(Definition of whittle sth down from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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