eat (away) at (someone or something)

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eat (away) at (someone or something)

1. To continually bother or worry someone. The precarious state of my finances has really begun to eat at me. I'm worried that your critical comments have begun to eat away at Tiffany—she seems very subdued these days.
2. To erode or wear something away. Don't use that harsh cleaner—it will eat away at a soft metal like this.
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eat (away) at someone

Fig. [for a problem] to trouble someone constantly. The nasty situation at work began to eat away at me. Nagging worries ate at me day and night.
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eat (away) at something

Fig. to erode something. The acid ate away at the metal floor. Fingers have a mild acid that eats at the metal of the door handle.
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eat away at

Destroy gradually, erode; also, worry one constantly. For example, The sea has been eating away at the outer banks for years, or The fact that he failed the test is eating away at him. [Early 1800s]
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These toxic beliefs eat away at us and keep us stuck.
I don't want there to be any tension between us because I want to preserve our friendship, but I feel that if I can't talk to him about our liaison then it ill l t t b th will only eat away at us both and ruin things.
I don't want there to be any tension between us because I want to preserve our friendship but I feel that if I can't talk about our liaison then it will only eat away at us both and ruin our friendship.
So now we have seven league games to focus on, and should we manage to play to the ability we have over the past couple of weeks and not let last night eat away at us we could still be named Premiership champions.
And Barry vowed: "We will not let this eat away at us or destroy our lives.
When you try and sum up the season, everything was in our hands until a couple games before the end and that is the biggest thing that will eat away at us - we only have ourselves to blame.
We can't allow it to just slowly eat away at us during the match - we have to affect the game.