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eat away at something

to reduce something by a little at a time These bank fees eat away at my savings every month.
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eat away at

Destroy gradually, erode; also, worry one constantly. For example, The sea has been eating away at the outer banks for years, or The fact that he failed the test is eating away at him. [Early 1800s]
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1 -- color) North American Scientific makes radioactive brachytherapy seeds, the size of a rice grain, that can be implanted in a cancer patient's prostate to eat away at the tumor.
This advanced cleaner is non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, contains no CFCs, detergents or solvents of any kind (including alcohol, ammonia and chlorine) which can subtly eat away at porous electronic screens and strip away the crucial anti-glare coatings of plasma screens and other pricey electronic toys.
Flames had begun to eat away at a ceiling immediately below the boys' bedroom when the alarm was activated.
Injuries continue to eat away at the Bruins as broken collarbones sideline the entire offensive line.
180), is accumulating in the atmosphere and can eat away at the stratospheric ozone layer.
You can buy Treasuries through your broker or your bank, but the transaction fee you have to pay will eat away at your final profit.
A stable foundation can resist the movement that is caused by an earthquake, but the hidden dangers posed by the threat of termites--America's $5 billion problem pest--can eat away at the structure, which makes it more likely that the opposing forces of an earthquake will tear the house apart.
They said the birds eat away at carefully tended gardens.
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.
Those fees will ultimately eat away at your profit.
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.
With a fatalistic vengeance, guilt and paranoia eat away at the guys, leading to breakdowns, vehicular malfeasance and lots of unnecessary violence.
The powder proved so hard that it began to eat away at the mortar and pestle.
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.