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phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theywhittle away
he/she/itwhittles away
present participlewhittling away
past tensewhittled away
past participlewhittled away
  1. to gradually reduce the amount or importance of something

    The team saw their lead whittled away during the second half.

    whittle away at:

    The government is whittling away at the rights of citizens.

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a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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