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eat away

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 something away

to erode something; to consume something bit by bit. The acid ate the finish away. It ate away the finish.
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Today, the beach has been eaten away to less than a third of a mile wide.
The market decline has eaten away at the growth in their portfolio, but they understand that it's krug term and it will go up and go down," says their broker, Linda Melvin, a financial consultant at NatCity Investments Inc.
The classical torso--suggestive of a brutal, monstrous face, fresh from the unconscious--is eaten away by the gestures that constitute it.
PARISHIONERS are planning to replace their mediaeval wooden church steeple with one made of tiles to stop it being eaten away - by a woodpecker.
If the rocks were eaten away by storms similar to those Malin has studied in Antarctica and Iceland, the erosion could have occurred in just tens of seconds.
Food eaten away from home now accounts for a third of the food we eat.
It seems that the Smucker's folks are now in a pickle, and could see a $27 million market eaten away by competitors.
Moreover, vegetable choices while dining out are less likely to match USDA guidance--fried potatoes make about 35% of vegetables eaten away from home, compared with 10% of at-home vegetable consumption.
If you have any sense you'll bank sterling right away and earn some interest before it gets eaten away by inflation.
USGS officials said the downsizing became necessary because years of restricted budgets had eaten away at its funds for conducting field research.