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To cut away at something
“To shape the arrows, you first need to whittle the wood so that it is smooth around its circumference.”
To form or shape something by cutting
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“You can whittle away at the round peg until it fits in the square hole.”
To gradually reduce in size, amount, or extent
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“Tory MPs will whittle the candidates down to two in a series of ballots starting on October 18.”
To diminish in strength or potency
“As hardships, mutiny and betrayal whittle away his power to endure and to lead, his attachment to Laura gradually increases.”
A quick, light touch with the hand
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