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whittle away

Translation of whittle away in Spanish:

  • 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 or [colloquial] comiendo los ahorros
  • 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
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