HyperDic: chip_away_at

English > 1 sense of the expression chip away at:
VERBchangechip away at, chip awayremove or withdraw gradually
English > chip away at: 1 sense > verb 1, change
MeaningRemove or withdraw gradually: "These new customs are chipping away at the quality of life".
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymchip away
Broaderremove, take, take away, withdrawRemove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

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