nibble at

nibble at something

to take tiny bites of some kind of food. The children nibbled at their dinner because they had eaten too much candy. Stop nibbling at that candy.
See also: nibble

nibble at

v.
1. To eat something by taking small bites: The mice have been nibbling at the curtains.
2. To eat a small amount of something, especially unenthusiastically: She only nibbled at her peas.
3. To bite something but not break the surface; nip at something: My date nibbled at my ear during the movie.
See also: nibble
References in classic literature ?
Crouching beside the brook, I waited until one of the diminutive purple whales rose to nibble at the long grasses which overhung the water, and then, like the beast of prey that man really is, I sprang upon my victim, appeasing my hunger while he yet wriggled to escape.
This is well; for hadst thou, 'Glory of the East,' been half a second longer in reaching the gates of the Amphitheatre, there is not a bear's cub in Epidaphne that would not have had a nibble at thy carcase.
When the stillness was once more perfect, Alan shouldered the portmanteau, carried it in, and shut and locked the garden door; and then, once more, abstraction seemed to fall upon him, and he stood with his hand on the key, until the cold began to nibble at John's fingers.
I saw a dog of this kind start to nibble at a flea--a fly attracted his attention, and he made a snatch at him; the flea called for him once more, and that forever unsettled him; he looked sadly at his flea-pasture, then sadly looked at his bald spot.
Rabbits will often nibble at the bark of these prunings in preference to young trees," said Ministry of Agriculture Horticulture Advisor Mr.
EAR WE GO: Sienna gives tasty Jude a nibble at Wimbledon yesterday; CHEEKY: The canoodling continues with a kiss on the side of his face; Pictures: ALPHA
Worthy groups such as the League of Conservation Voters can only nibble at the edges of our society's environmental problems because they are structured as "beggars at the door.
Each story is 20 to 30 minutes long, one per tape side, so it is possible to nibble at the stories like English toffees.