- 1v + o + adv, v + adv + o (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 [familiar/colloquial] comiendo los ahorros
- 2v + adv to whittle away
atsth 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
Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries...
The name of Spain's state-run post office is correos. Stamps can be bought in an estanco, although certified or express mail must be sent from a post office (estafeta or oficina de correos). Postboxes in Spain are silver with red and yellow hoops. There are also red boxes for urgent mail. In Latin America correo, in the singular, means both a post office and the mail system.