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eat away

To erode or wear something away. Don't use that harsh cleaner—it will eat away at a soft metal like this.
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eat something away

to erode something; to consume something bit by bit. The acid ate the finish away. It ate away the finish.
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Consumers enjoy our sauces in almost every conceivable place to eat away from home.
With a fatalistic vengeance, guilt and paranoia eat away at the guys, leading to breakdowns, vehicular malfeasance and lots of unnecessary violence.
During their brief but fiery lives, these heavyweights spew out intense ultraviolet radiation and fierce winds that eat away at the mother cloud and expose newborns that had been swaddled inside.
Time and the addition of water can make antifreeze acidic, which may eat away at rubber hoses, or alkaline, which can cause deposit buildup in water pumps.
I am absolutely convinced the prime minister of this government is not going to jeopardize this project by allowing pirates to eat away its base,'' Valenti said.
As chlorofiuorocarbons and other chemical pollutants eat away the stratospheric ozone layer, scientists have been expecting to see a strengthening in the intensity of UV rays reaching Earth's surface.
In an independent survey of over 15,000 small and home offices in the US and Europe, the number one problem they faced was printing waste and inability to accurately bill-back their clients for toner and other print costs which continued to eat away at their profits.
If costs skyrocket it could eat away at employees' pool of money,'' Tokofsky said.
The powder proved so hard that it began to eat away at the mortar and pestle.
Activated inflammatory cells can eat away the cap, leaving the plaque mechanically unstable.
The low elevations may have allowed relatively shallow oceans to eat away at the bases of these volcanoes.