hack away

hack away

To cut away at something and remove pieces of it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hack" and "away." Who is going to hack away pieces of turkey this Thanksgiving? Hack these weeds away so we can plant in the garden.
See also: away, hack

hack away

v.
1. To remove something with blows from a sharp instrument: The lumberjack hacked away the larger limbs from the tree before felling it. The gardener used a large pair of shears to hack the dead twigs away.
2. hack away at To reduce or attempt to reduce something in size by chopping off pieces of it: The butcher hacked away at the side of beef to remove the fat.
3. hack away at To reduce something gradually by working at it continuously: I'm hacking away at the pile of reports on my desk.
See also: away, hack
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Members of the Friends of Shelley and Shepley Community Group will meet today to hack away weeds, nettles and trees from overgrown paths around the area's schools.
If you're brave and do not particularly care for the native species of the places you are exploring, you can hack away at the animals in your way.
If you don't like using chemicals you could hack away at the roots with an axe which will ensure the tree cannot survive but this will be a much slower process.
"We know the three PCCs in the region share our concerns and have been critical of the way the Home Office continues to hack away at budgets."
But we do urge them not simply to hack away jobs from the lowest paid workers, who usually are at the front line in providing services.
Toussaint watches as slave owners murder a baby and hack away at a dying slave; Shorty and Marguerite rescue a baby with hydro-encephalitis from the trash.
Off what ought to be a strong pace, Roicead should hack away and win again.
F ever there was a case of shortsightedness when it Icomes to implementing Government cuts, the decision to hack away at the Legal Aid budget is surely it.
The imminent Coalition Government's cut back will hack away at the very fabric of our vital services and that will cause them to crumble and the deficit, which we all realise needs to be reduced, will be insignificant.
These will hack away vital public services and risk sending the economy backwards.
Let's leave the discussion on Trident for another day but state, loud and clear, that to seek to hack away one pound in every four from S4C's funding is an aggressive slap in the face from this new government.
"It's unbelievable that someone could stand and hack away at it and make such a mess.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: More than 3,000 jobs were lost or threatened with the axe as the credit crunch continued to hack away at British industry.
But over time, we clearly need to reduce the risk of that happening and the way to do that is to slowly but surely hack away at the imbalances around the world.
They are back in profit at our expense - anybody can hack away at an organisation like they have.'