eat away at - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyeat away at
he/she/iteats away at
present participleeating away at
past tenseate away at
past participleeaten away at
  1. to make someone feel more and more unhappy or worried

    You could see that jealousy was eating away at her.

See also main entry: eat