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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And over all this he worked, hacking away at the tough and slippery oiled silk and clinging stoutly to the netting.
RHOD Gilbert has accused the Government of "a deliberate hacking away at almost all public and social services until there is nothing left" as he called for improved funding for dementia care.
This was a continuity Budget, continuing the Tory project of hacking away at our country's backbone and gifting tax cuts to the rich.
But Ms Dugdale says, the Labour government in Scotland would steer away from hacking away at the levy as it means "handing a tax cut to big business".
"Deliberately hacking away at the support for working families is clearly the wrong road to take.
The re-elected Tory Government must be stopped from hacking away at people's dignity like this - before the safety net is cut completely loose.
It takes more than just hacking away at a few odd branches to make it better...the ongoing commitment and the ongoing work of reconciliation is required.
There were about four men working on it, hacking away at the lower branches.
There you are, hacking away at the keyboard late into the night at the desk.
This is a cruel blow, hacking away at the retirement incomes of workers with disabilities.
They had spent three months hacking away at the lock on their cell using a using small saw that had been smuggled in to them.
As we give of our time, energy, and resources, we must be careful not to cut off the victims while we're so busy hacking away at the roots of injustice.
Even while I'm hacking away at my tasks, I'll be watching the critters and estimating the wild harvests (blackberries, huckleberries), as well as assessing the health of the grounds.
Stuart Godman will guard the World Heritage site in Dorset to prevent people from hacking away at rocks to get to fossils.
Michael Cresswell pinned dental nurse Michelle Tether to a bed before hacking away at her 10in long blonde locks.