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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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As far as the radioactive material that slowly ate away Litvinenko's organs until he died in excruciating pain, Putin explained in his best Woody Allen inflection, ``Too much salt.
Slowly it ate away at her self-confidence and esteem.
Steve Jobs, interim CEO and original co-founder of Apple, made tough pruning decisions and planted new seeds of change that include: dumping the Newton personal digital assistants; ending Mac clone licensing agreements that ate away Apple's profits; and restricting sales of Apple products to CompUSA and 3,500 authorized U.
Over time, the hardened lava resisted erosion, and the displaced rivers ate away at the softer rock on either side of the deposits.
Their data was incongruent; Ollig disliked the grouping options of the contacts, and the software ate away hard-drive space with unnecessary features.
Credit card addictions ate away at paychecks and savings accounts.