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flake away

To fall from something in small bits or pieces. Ugh, look at all the glitter that's flaked away from my birthday cards.
See also: away, flake
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

flake away (from something)

[for bits of something] to break away from the whole gradually or from natural causes. Bits of stone flaked away from the surface of the statue year after year. Bits of the steps flaked away from years of constant use.
See also: away, flake
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Because the pigments were applied to glass, bits of the color have flaked off. Most noticeable in the black background, this sliced fruit seems to float in a starry night sky.
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They are the places in which occurs a considerable amount of materials flaked off from the roof Zurek et al., 2008) and/or materials caved in, which are expected to be eluted by the influence of intercepted water; for description see below (description of places is made from the adit level to the uppermost parts of Jeronym Mine).
215, a small amount of material flaked off from the roof can be found.
He said that the paint was likely to have flaked off when the tailfin was removed a few weeks before the crash.
The evidence was not orginally discovered on Sion Jenkins' clothing because the teenager's blood had not dried and flaked off to reveal it, the Old Bailey heard.
A murdered teenager's flesh was not discovered on her alleged killer's clothing during original scientific examination as her blood had not dried and flaked off to reveal it, an Old Bailey court heard yesterday.
Hearts No.2 Peter Houston said: 'Part of the bone in Stephen's ankle has flaked off from the ligament.
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Q I have recently added a wooden gate to my fence but the stain has flaked off the top of the gate along the grain.
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