hack away at (something)

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hack away at (something)

1. To cut away at something and remove pieces of it, often with clumsy strokes or whacks. Quit hacking away at the roast and just let Dad cut it, will you?
2. To persistently work on some task, completing it in increments over time. Try not to get too overwhelmed and just hack away at the chores on your list.
See also: away, hack
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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."
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.
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.
It's unbelievable that someone could stand and hack away at it and make such a mess - church warden Chris Harvey, above, and the damaged section of the window, top COMMUNITY LANDMARK: Chris outside the distinctive St Hilda's Church, far left, and the damage to a second window above a side entrance door, left Pictures by IAN McINTYRE
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.'
Style is made like a statue that you hack away at - and it's made by all the things you have given up.
Clinton is not threatening, as both Nixon and Reagan did, to upset the delicate system of checks and balances by using the powers of the Executive Branch to hack away at the other two branches.
They hack away at the inch-thick stalks and toss them into their boat.
The hysteria about the deficit is a political ploy designed by conservatives and corporate interests to justify vicious cuts in domestic spending and to hack away at government regulations on the private sector.
The PM lacks a mandate to hack away at public services because he knew they (and he) would have risked electoral rejection.