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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theygnaw at
he/she/itgnaws at
present participlegnawing at
past tensegnawed at
past participlegnawed at

or gnaw away at

  1. gnaw (away) at someone if something gnaws at you, you keep worrying about it or feeling upset about it
See also main entry: gnaw

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