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hack away at sth

informal
phrasal verb with hack uk   us   /hæk/ verb [I or T]
to slowly ​reduce the ​amount of ​money, ​staff, or ​resources that are needed in ​order to be ​successful: Profits are in a ​freefall, and ​companies are ​slashingspending on new ​equipment and ​hacking away at ​payrolls.
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