Translation of whittle in Spanish:
transitive verb/verbo transitivo
- [wood/stick] tallar I whittled the ends down to a point les saqué punta a los extremos ([ con una navaja, un cuchillo etc ])Example sentences
- He volleyed as if he was using his racket to whittle wood, slicing this way and that and caressing the ball into submission.
- We were forced to hotfoot it to Borneo, where we lived on the edge of the jungle for the next twenty years, whittling wood into supposedly erotic shapes that we then sold as tribal trinkets.
- The Americans of the volunteers joked about how whittling wood was an American habit.
whittle away verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento (reduce) [funds/resources] ir* mermando; [influence] ir* reduciendo or disminuyendo; [rights] ir* menoscabando gambling had whittled away his savings el juego le había ido mermando or [colloquial/familiar] comiendo los ahorros 1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio to whittle away
whittle downverb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento [expenses] recortar, reducir*to whittle sth down
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