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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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.
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.
To get at the fire, the firefighters hacked away at the new bead board and then sprayed water inside the wall.
Things got more heated after Craig Cescon hacked away at Dundee goalie Marc Cheverie's pads trying to retrieve a loose puck.
Maybe if Newcastle City Council hacked away at some of the focus groups and meaningless jobs created by Labour, we might be able to spend more, not less, on the Arts.
"What happened was someone slit the dog's throat ear to ear and then hacked away at it for a while.
And they said the Austrian site is even more detailed than the well-known Roman ruin, down to the remains of a thick wooden post in the middle of the training area, a mock enemy that young, desperate gladiators hacked away at centuries ago.
Masked men wielding sledgehammers and axes hacked away at display windows at Boodles at the junction of Lord Street and North John Street in the city centre at around 10am yesterday.
Their latest attack in North Marine Park, South Shields, left a repair bill of more than pounds 3,000 after they hacked away at trees with saws and axes.
Chief executive Andrew Roper said: "We hacked away at the cost base, but the restructuring is over now."
The hapless crooks hacked away at the pipe in a disused factory in Paisley, Renfrewshire, until it sprang a leak.
"Over the past 30 years or so the courts and the federal government have hacked away at the power of educators to maintain a safe and civil school environment.
[P]olitical leaders -- especially on the right -- have hacked away at these fraying bonds of trust....
He eased restrictions on foreign investment and hacked away at protectionist import duties--especially on what economists call inputs, stuff like seed and fertilizer and concrete, the building blocks of the economy.