whittle away at sth Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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whittle away at sth

phrasal verb with whittle uk   /ˈwɪt.l̩/  us   /ˈwɪt̬-/ verb [T]
to ​graduallyreduce the ​size or ​importance of something: These ​measures will ​whittle away at the ​budgetdeficit.
(Definition of whittle away at sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “whittle away at sth”
in Chinese (Simplified) 削减, 削弱…
in Chinese (Traditional) 削減, 削弱…
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