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chip away

1. To break off fragments of something. We won't be able to move this huge rock until we chip away at it and make it smaller.
2. To come off of something in small pieces. The paint is so old that it has completely chipped away from this side of the house.
3. To complete small, incremental portions of a task. Try not to get too overwhelmed about cleaning the house and just chip away at it one room at a time.
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chip something away (from something)

to break off tiny pieces of something. Many years of heavy use chipped the marble steps away. Someone chipped away little bits of the marble from that step.
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chip away

[for something] to break off or break away in small chips. The edges of the marble step chipped away over the years. Some of the stone figures had chipped away so badly that we couldn't see what they were.
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chip away

v.
1. To fall or break off in small pieces: The old paint chipped away from the frame when we opened the window.
2. To break off small pieces of something: Don't chip away the paint with a screwdriver. I chipped the enamel away with a scraper.
3. chip away at To reduce or make progress on something incrementally: We chipped away at the problem until it was solved. I chipped away at the dried cement on the tiles.
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It is one more thing that chips away at how you and the industry does business, and how Americans go about their lives as it relates to gun ownership.
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While the cover of this attractive book appears to have been made by cutting Le Corbusier's original jacket designs into ribbons, Catherine de Smet chips away at the great man's publishing edifice more carefully.
But Press Secretary Margita Thompson said it could be a positive development, although she noted that the governor is unlikely to support anything that chips away at the edges and does not constitute wholesale reform.
Paul Shrimpton from Hexham has launched Chips Away, a franchise repairing scuffs and scratches on cars.
The court's conclusion that there is no exception from capitalization for routine expenses is a major win for the IRS, strengthening its hand as it chips away at expenses traditionally treated as currently deductible.
While studying the effects of laser ablation on a magnesium oxide crystal, Dickinson and his colleagues observed that the laser chips away atoms along the blue-light-emitting cleavages in the crystal.
Our legacy technology was great in its day, but time chips away at the security of every technology.