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whittle away

Translation of whittle away in Spanish:

  • 1verb + 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
  • 2verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio to whittle away at sth 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
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