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eat away at something

phrasal verb with eat  us   /it/ verb [I/T] (past tense ate  /eɪt/ , past participle eaten  /ˈi·tən/ )
to ​slowlydamage or ​destroy something: Waves had eaten away at the ​sanddunes.
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