gnaw on (someone or something)

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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.
See also: gnaw, on

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!
See also: gnaw, on

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.
See also: gnaw, on
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This is important if you or anyone likely to be in your garden is given to gnawing on the furniture.
If gnawing on various foods is sufficient to wear down incisors, as implied in Zuri et al.
gnawing on siltstone containing >1% calcium, which was "like a soft talc" and "easily scored by a fingernail," and suggested that the siltstone could serve as a fine abrasive polish for teeth.