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whittle
American English: /ˈ(h)wɪdl/
British English: /ˈwɪt(ə)l/

Translation of whittle in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • (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.

intransitive verb

  • hacer tallas

Phrasal verbs

whittle away

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (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 los ahorros
el juego le había ido comiendo los ahorros [colloquial]
2verb + adverbto whittle away at something
ir minando or socavando algo
these failures have been whittling away at her self-confidence
estos fracasos han ido minando or socavando su confianza en sí misma
he sat there whittling away at a stick
estaba allí sentado tallando una vara

whittle down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(expenses)
recortar
reducir
to whittle something down to somethingwe've whittled the applicants down to five
hemos reducido el número de candidatos a cinco

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