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whittle sth down

phrasal verb with whittle uk   /ˈwɪt.l̩/  us   /ˈwɪt̬-/ verb [T]
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.
Translations of “whittle sth down”
in Chinese (Traditional) 使縮小, 使(人數)減少…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使缩小, 使(人数)减少…
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