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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!
See also: away, chew
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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!
See also: away, chew
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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