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gnaw (at) (someone's) vitals

To greatly or deeply trouble someone; to affect in someone an intense feeling of anguish or despair. Seeing the suffering of so many people overseas gnawed at her vitals day and night, so she decided to join the Red Cross so she could finally help in some way.
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gnaw (away) at (someone or something)

1. To chew on something, often biting off small pieces. The dog is just gnawing away at his new bone, happy as can be.
2. To bother someone or cause them worry or trepidation. His critical comments are really gnawing at me today—I can't stop thinking about them.
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gnaw on (someone or something)

1. To chew on something, often biting off small pieces. The dog is just gnawing on his new bone, happy as can be.
2. To bother someone or cause them worry or trepidation. His critical comments are really gnawing on me today—I can't stop thinking about them.
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gnaw (away) at someone

Fig. to worry someone; to create constant anxiety in someone. The thought of catching some horrible disease gnawed away at her. A lot of guilt gnawed at him day and night.
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gnaw (away) at someone or something

Lit. to chew at someone or something. I hear a mouse gnawing away at the wall. The mosquitoes are gnawing at me something awful.
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gnaw on something

to chew on something. (Usually said of an animal.) The puppy has been gnawing on my slippers! This slipper has been gnawed on!
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gnaw at

v.
1. To bite or chew on something, removing small pieces of it a bit at a time: The mice gnawed at the corner of the box until they had made a small hole in it.
2. To cause someone or something to have or feel persistent discomfort, anxiety, or guilt: His harsh criticism gnawed at me the rest of the day. Hunger was gnawing at my stomach.
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gnaw away

v.
1. To bite or chew something a bit at a time: The fox gnawed the tough meat away first, and then bit into the bone.
2. To bite or chew on something repeatedly in order to grind it down or to remove small pieces from it a bit at a time: The kids gnawed away at the cobs of fresh corn. That dog will gnaw away at that bone until it gets to the marrow inside.
3. To cause someone or something to have or feel persistent discomfort, anxiety, or guilt: Dark thoughts gnawed away at my mind.
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gnaw on

v.
1. To bite or chew on something, either without eating it or removing small pieces of it a bit at a time: The dog has been gnawing on that bone for days.
2. To cause someone or something to have or feel persistent discomfort, anxiety, or guilt: Unpleasant dreams gnawed on me all night and I couldn't sleep.
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Three female Rattus norvegicus (domestic Norway rats - relatively recent immigrants to the United States) were kept to see whether captive rodents will gnaw on rocks, and if so, how often.
The results, however, showed that the way rat muscles have adapted over time, has increased their ability to chew more effectively than a guinea pig and gnaw better than a squirrel, even though these two species are specialists in these kinds of jaw movements.
To answer your question in probably gnaws at me personally that we are not getting the goals and we are trying hard to get them.
Research has already shown that rats and mice can both chew and gnaw, whereas other rodents, such as squirrels, specialise in gnawing, and some, like guinea pigs, specialise in chewing.
Some gerbils have teeth which do not meet, which makes it difficult for them to gnaw and keep them worn down properly.
The mammals are most likely multituberculates, an extinct order of archaic mammals that resemble rodents and had paired upper and lower incisors - which they used to gnaw at the bones for minerals rather than for meat.
Previously, all of the gnaw marks on bones that have positively identified T.
Neither the jaws of the rocks with their purple gums nor the snide laughter of the holly that gnaws them and would gladly gnaw anything else can faze the bicycle thief; those slabs of rock are great springboards.
Paleontologists contend the ancient gnaw marks are among the strongest evidence yet that some dinosaurs indeed were cannibals.
Children gnaw and drool on a giant block of chocolate reminiscent of Janine Antoni's sculptures, or prance nude with a childlike eroticism a la Sally Mann.
LOVE TRAP Female scent is used to attract runaway; GNAW PROBLEM Beavers fell trees for their lodges; FUR GONE Beaver's out Gunnislake, Devon Yesterday
LOVE TRAP Female scent is used to attract runaway; GNAW PROBLEM Beavers fell trees for lodges; FUR GONE Beaver's out; Gunnislake, Devon Yesterday
Chemical pollutants combined with unusually low temperatures high in the atmosphere to gnaw a record-breaking hole in Earth's protective ozone layer this year, according to measurements made in the frigid skies over Antarctica.
If Neandertals had hollowed out the bone and fashioned holes in it, animals would not have bothered to gnaw it, she says.
KNOCK-OUT: Duck flings rat off; GNAW DEAL: It tries to sneak up; YOU DIRTY RAT: Duck fights back to escape the rodent