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chew away

To erode something, often completely. A noun or pronoun can be used between "chew" and "away." Termites have chewed away this whole section of the roof!
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chew something away

to gnaw something off; to gnaw at something until it's all gone. You can see what's left of it. Most of it has been chewed away by some animal. Your puppy chewed away the top of my shoe!
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Lamu Council of Elders chairperson Sharif Salim reiterated that indeed many men had failed to honour their responsibilities to their families as they waste a lot of time in hangout joints chewing away with like-minded friends.
The idea stuck in his mind and he liked the idea of the busy little mouse chewing away at the oak with its chisel-like teeth.
When I closely looked at the manure heap on the surface and under it, I was amazed by the number of housefly maggots busy chewing away and bidding time to mature and produce more flies.
Generally, spa customers are invited to place their feet and legs into a tub or tank filled with doctor fish and it doesn't take very long for the fish to begin chewing away at the layers of dead skin on the legs and feet.
"Generally, spa customers are invited to place their feet and legs into a tub or tank filled with doctor fish and it does not take very long for the fish to begin chewing away at the layers of dead skin on the legs and feet.
"It brings people together, it facilitates discussion of issues and the exchange of information," says local journalist Abdul, chewing away. "In the West it is often difficult for people to interact, but here [through khat-chewing] they learn about their neighbours and what problems they have."
But every year, there are new stores sprouting up beside the existing stores chewing away the consumer base of the current stores.
I was always chewing away at some problem, looking for an angle or dreaming dreams.
And sometimes I retreat into a bubble -- I can't leave it alone, I keep going back and chewing away at it."
"The CMass title is probably our new thing that we're trying to lock in on,'' said Scavone, who has a basketball memory chewing away at him similar to that baseball state final.
She said: "I was chewing away and, all of a sudden, half way through the chocolate, I felt this sharp bit at the side of my mouth.
Brendan Rodgers will surely be chewing away at the ear of Carragher hoping for a change of heart, asking him to come back for pre-season training and see how he goes.
Perhaps, but we won't know the answer until next month when NASA said it will spill the beans about the "historic" data from a recent Curiosity soil sample-collecting foray that the mission's "science team is busily chewing away on," as Grotzinger put it.