flake away

flake away (from something)

[for bits of something] to break away from the whole gradually or from natural causes. Bits of stone flaked away from the surface of the statue year after year. Bits of the steps flaked away from years of constant use.
See also: away, flake
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If water lodges in the winter, it will freeze, thereby expanding, and I see a scenario where they begin to flake away.
Split But anger over the new, big-budget flop has prompted Cadbury to move the multimillion-pound budget for Flake away from their longstanding advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi.
It often appears as raised red patches with silvery scales - known as plaques - that flake away from the skin.
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It's not like a ligament is going to go or a piece of cartilage flake away.
The tombstone is now beginning to flake away, and is to be restored as part of an extensive plan of repairs at the church.
But now the tombstone, which is beginning to flake away, is to be restored as part of extensive repair works at the church.
The secret is in the product's salicylic acid which loosens the intracellular 'cement' holding hardened skin together allowing it to flake away.
I continued to flake away at the stubborn wood and eventually produced a crude but serviceable plug.
Streaks of new color slid down across the bathtub ring in places, and the grey veneer on the walls had started to flake away.
Last week Chris spotted the paint had started to flake away around the mark.
Don't worry that the Lakers are going to fall apart or their mystique begin to flake away if West leaves town.
The skin may begin to peel or flake away, showing the layer of new skin cells underneath.