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nibble (away) at (something)

1. Literally, to eat something at a slow pace and in small bites. I wonder if Mary isn't feeling well—she only nibbled at her dinner. He sat on the bench, happily nibbling away at his cookie.
2. To erode something in small increments over time. Corrosion has been nibbling away at the hull of my boat for the past few years.
3. To bite something very softly so as not to break the surface. He started nibbling at my elbows, thinking it would turn me on.
See also: nibble

nibble (away) on (something)

1. Literally, to eat something at a slow pace and in small bites. I wonder if Mary isn't feeling well—she only nibbled on her dinner. He sat on the bench, happily nibbling away on his cookie.
2. To bite something very softly so as not to break the surface. He started nibbling on my elbows, thinking it would turn me on.
See also: nibble, on

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 away at something

to eat at something in tiny bits; to erode away tiny bits of something. The waves nibbled away at the base of the cliff, year after year. The mice nibbled away at the huge wheel of cheese.
See also: away, 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

nibble on

v.
1. To eat something by taking small, quick bites, often as a snack or a light meal: Dinner wasn't for another two hours, so I nibbled on some potato chips. The rabbit nibbled on a carrot.
2. To bite something but not break the surface: Nervously, I nibbled on my pencil's eraser during the test.
See also: nibble, on

nibble

1. n. a cautious or preliminary response to something. (see also nybble.) My advertisement got three nibbles this morning.
2. in. to reply cautiously or tentatively to something. I hope someone who wants to buy my car nibbles at the description I posted on the Internet.
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It's so small in here, you're either ear-wigging on conversations or joining in with them, and it's not long until I get chatting with Lauren about how Nibble came to be.
As Nibbles enjoys attention, ideally he would be best off kept inside as part of the family with provision to go outside.
Matthew Stephenson, managing director of Sweetdreams, said: "The popularity of Choc Nibbles as a quirky treat available at the best price is continuing to grow significantly outside of our native northern territory, and we're excited to announce new partnerships with Alderwood Confectionery in Northern and Southern Ireland and Appleton Sweets in London.
Marketed as 'a sweet selection of deliciously dinky treats', the Naughty Nibbles range is packaged in handy re-sealable buckets.
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HEARTACHE: Colin Nevin, owner of Nevins Nibbles cafe in Newbiggin
Nibbles, on the other hand, has a bit more personality.
Unlike doctor fish, the phonies have teeth, so their nibbles can leave spa-goers with unattractive bites.
The cleaner-client system appears to be a case of indirect reciprocity, where a fish works attentively and holds back on taking a tasty nibble of the client's protective mucus coating, which would incite a jolt and perhaps a chase.
Frightened by the attacking chalk, Nibbles flew out of his cage.
A semi-formal evening, A Wine Affair offered guests an opportunity to taste wines from all over the world, pair their wine selections with gourmet nibbles and participate in both silent and live auctions.
Essentials invited delegates to bring their lunches to a tent on campus where dessert was served and Integrity was generally acknowledged to have the widest range of nibbles, from Smarties to trail mix.
There's also the chance to discover what's at the cutting edge of nibbles as Elton John hosts a celebrity fund-raiser.
To save runtime, this feature allows the user to set the percentage of tool contact, speeding successive passes because nibbles are only taken when the tool would be buried in left material.
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