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chip (away) at (something)

1. Literally, to break off fragments of something. We won't be able to move this huge rock until we chip at it and make it smaller.
2. By extension, to complete small, incremental portions of a task. I knew I wouldn't be able to write 50 pages in one night, so I've been chipping away at this paper for a few weeks.
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chip (away) at something

to break off tiny pieces of something little by little. The mason chipped away at the bricks. He chipped at the block of marble gently.
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With quarterback and receiver clearly on the same page, they went to work, chipping away at Burbank's three-deep zone pass defense on short-to-medium-range routes.
The survey suggests that strategy half-lives continue to shorten, with a number of factors chipping away at the ability of companies to effectively differentiate their products and services.
In an environment where everyone was chipping away at the program and chipping away at Steve, what we did internally is what we always do, and that was to support and try to edify and find solutions to make the situation better.
once and for all from chipping away at our hard earned reputation in the children's giftware industry.
It was a consistent and constant chipping away at the core principles and beliefs that had made me a Republican in the first place.
amp;quot;The CHARM Foundation is progressively chipping away at the Laura House wish list given to us last month, and we are excited to be able to donate the van they've needed for some time," said Glenn McCusker, founder, CHARM Foundation.
The Scorpions started chipping away at Lakewood's 4-0 lead with four singles in the fourth inning, capped by Eric Komatsu's two-out drive up the middle that brought in two runs.
Officials who have managed to spend so freely over the years and achieved so little are chipping away at Proposition 13 and they always argue it's for a good cause.
There has been a significant amount of research published that suggests that the Internet is chipping away at traditional forms of media usage and communication,'' said Therese Mulvey, vice president of marketing research at Vertis.