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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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But they will not be sufficient to halt the corrosive nature of this modern blight which is eating away at the very roots of Irish society.
The first step is to recognise that we really do have that disease eating away in our life.
REBNY Executive Vice President Deborah Beck said "What we're seeing is steadily expanding marketwide sales activity, which is eating away at the oversupply of smaller sized apartments and pushing prices higher for the less plentiful bigger units.
Lin also notes that this galactic gobble promises to occur far more quickly than the gradual eating away of the Large Magellanic Cloud that he described last year (SN: 6/12/93, p.
University researchers want to study how fly larvae help wounds heal by eating away at dead flesh.
Sapping valleys typically form when groundwater rises to the surface, eating away support rock at the base of a cliff and eventually carving a trough.
They will also help them cut out shopping sprees, expensive cars and other luxuries that are eating away at the bank balance.
Discovery of the pulsar's intermittent signal, researchers say, strongly suggests the neutron star is eating away at an unseen orbiting companion, tearing off surface matter that erratically eclipses the neutron star's radio beam.
RACISM in any guise is a vile cancer eating away at society.