eat away - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyeat away
he/she/iteats away
present participleeating away
past tenseate away
past participleeaten away
  1. eat away

    or

    eat into

    to gradually destroy something

    Within a few years inflation had eaten away all the economic gains.

See also main entry: eat