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whittle away

Translation of whittle away in Spanish:

  • 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (reduce)
    ir mermando
    ir reduciendo or disminuyendo
    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
See parent entry: whittle
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