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chisel (one) out of (something)

To swindle something from one. That con man chiseled us out of thousands, I'm ashamed to say.
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chisel (something) from (one)

To swindle something from one. That con man chiseled thousands of dollars from us, I'm ashamed to say.
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chisel (something) out of (someone)

To swindle something from one. That con man chiseled thousands of dollars out of us, I'm ashamed to say.
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chisel away

1. Literally, to chip or cut something away (from something else) with or as if with a chisel. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "chisel" and "away." The sculptor chiseled bits of marble away until slowly his vision began to take shape. I had to use a screwdriver to chisel away the limescale that had built up around the edges of the pipe.
2. To work continuously or freely with or as if with a chisel. Janet is never so happy as when she's chiseling away at a new sculpture. We'll need to get these barnacles off. Here, take this hammer and screwdriver and start chiseling away.
3. To erode or diminish (something) incrementally but continuously. The underdog team fell behind early on, but they've been chiseling away at their opponents' lead throughout the second half. His sarcastic remarks have really chiseled away my self-confidence over the years.
4. To make continuous incremental progress (on something). A: "How's the novel coming?" B: "Oh, I'm still chiseling away at it. I'm hoping to be done by the end of the year."
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chisel in

slang To gain part of or involvement in something by unfair methods. Any time my parents give me money, my brother manages to chisel in on it by whining to them.
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chisel in on (someone or something)

slang To gain part of or involvement in something by unfair methods. Any time my parents give me money, my brother manages to chisel in on it by whining to them.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

chisel in (on someone or something)

Sl. to use deception to get a share of something. I won't chisel in on your deal. You had better not chisel in!
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chisel someone out of something

 and chisel something out of someone; chisel something from someone
to get something away from someone by cheating. The scam tried to chisel pension money out of retired people.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

chisel in (on someone/something)

in. to use deception to get a share of something. I won’t chisel in on your deal.
See also: chisel, on, someone, something

chisel in

verb
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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STOLEN: The statues at William Shepherd's grave, left, were taken by thieves who also pulled out flowers SPECIAL VISIT: Florence Shepherd at the grave of husband William, inset, after vandals chiselled away two cherub statues, in the second similar attack on the memorial UPSET: Florence and her daughter Pauline, who discovered the damage
RED-faced potholer Steve Round had to be chiselled out of an artificial rock tunnel after getting trapped...for THREE hours.
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