hack away

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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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.
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.
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.
in 1958) I joined Riviera as a matter of course, took some lessons and started to hack away.
The Teessiders' discomfort ended seven minutes from time when French defender Jacques Paviot attempted to hack away Mark Viduka's shot but instead propelled the ball into his own net
They are back in profit at our expense - anybody can hack away at an organisation like they have.
The 'super' saints have their own agenda and you have absolutely no control over them as they crash headlong into enemy lines and hack away viciously until their inevitable death.
There's no dirt to wash off or fibrous stems to hack away.
The Blue Toon took the match to the Fifers and almost went in front when trialist John McQuade hit a shot that Ross Godfrey couldn't hold and Willie Wilson had to hack away.