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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
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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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"Yep, they sure hacked away it - no kissing, no 'b***ks'.
When they found it locked, one of the men lifted the machete above his head and repeatedly hacked away at the front door, smashing windows.
Sterling bared down on goal as the hosts and played in Rashford to get a clipped attempt away that was too weak and hacked away.
The Russian, above, took out scissors and hacked away at her ponytail during a changeover then rallied to claim a 7-5 1-6 7-5 win.
Witnesses said he walked up to the women at the city police station, pulled a machete from his bag and hacked away at them.
Opponents of the show were made even angrier when they learned that a contractor working for the city of Miami hacked away the stretch of mangroves, which are a crucial part of the marine ecosystem.
To get at the fire, the firefighters hacked away at the new bead board and then sprayed water inside the wall.
There were strong doubts whether it had crossed the line as McNab's effort was hacked away, but a linesman signalled it was a goal.
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Dozens of rescue workers hacked away with crowbars at the flattened remains of what was once a five-storey building.
Dozens of workers hacked away with crowbars at the flattened remains of what was once a five-story building.
His home has been completely gutted to repair the damage, with damp walls and floors hacked away and wooden floors torn out.
"What happened was someone slit the dog's throat ear to ear and then hacked away at it for a while.
Royal Navy sailors then boarded the launch with axes and hacked away in an effort to sink it.
This remake of the family classic would probably have only worked if some of the schmaltzy overtones were hacked away. When Billy Bob Thornton was cast in the lead role this was guaranteed.