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chip away at

Definition of chip away at in English:

Gradually and relentlessly make something smaller or weaker: rivals may chip away at one’s profits by undercutting prices
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  • Raquel still stood stiffly, but the passion in his voice was gradually chipping away at her suspicions.
  • But over the match, Tranfield gradually chipped away at Nimmo's confidence and forced her to play long rallies.
  • Those are the people they're chipping away at now.
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Word of the day terpsichorean
Pronunciation: ˌtəːpsɪkəˈriːən
adjective
relating to dancing