chip away

VERB
  1. remove or withdraw gradually:
    These new customs are chipping away at the quality of life
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How To Use chip away In A Sentence

  • The best rewriting method in this case is the simplest: by correcting one problem you chip away at the others.
  • Mr Zittrain fears that the rise of tethered appliances will inevitably chip away at the freedom of the internet and personal computing, which many take for granted.
  • She used a hammer to chip away the stone.
  • They will chip away at any self-deception during the gruelling group sessions, which are at the heart of the programme - though psychodrama and art therapy are also used.
  • President Obama himself has faced a stinging rebuke from congress for his comments about lawmakers '"obsession" with the war, and the Out of Afghanistan Caucus continues to chip away at what little apatite for war remains in congress. Josh Mull: All politics is local: Al-Qa'eda and the Afghanistan War
  • I chip away the damaged brick and replaced it with a new one.
  • You just chip away at the drawing board. Times, Sunday Times
  • Oystercatchers may wedge the shells into a crevice and chip away at the lip.
  • You just chip away at the drawing board. Times, Sunday Times
  • Instead of an outright coup attempt, the rebels want to chip away at her authority.
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