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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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Acid air pollution is eating away at stone buildings such as the Tower of Pisa, imperial monuments in Rome, and much of central Florence.
Eventually he told me that the thing that was eating away at him was that no one believed he was a genuine refugee.
For one thing, May 2004 is a very long time for such a damaging and divisive issue to be left festering and eating away at the fabric of the church.
Instead, explains one of the teams, the single-celled dinoflagellate alga kills by swarming over a fish and eating away its skin.
The Manufactured Crisis is a much needed antidote to the poisonous waves of myth, distortion, and misrepresentation that are eating away at the foundations of and the public's confidence in public education.
Now segregation was being lost, formally, and at the same time Wallace's racial alchemy was eating away at the party's distinctive bond with ordinary citizens.
Some people believe the federal deficit is a cancer eating away at the nation's future; others believe deficits don't really matter.
Moreover, it will be tougher to stay ahead of inflation, which is expected to climb to about 5%, eating away at investment returns.
The MQM chief added that it was time to wipe out the terrorists eating away the very vitality of the country.
The singer said: "Some visiting preachers would be very vociferous in their bigotry - it made me think I was vile, that there was something inside me that was a cancer eating away at me.
THE mother of a Birmingham teenager shot dead ten years ago has described his death as a "cancer eating away at us".
"Now we are getting worried that they could be in the house, eating away at the wood."