plane away(redirected from planing something away)
To grind, erode, or shave something until it has been totally removed (from something), leaving a smooth surface behind. Originally reserved for references to the carpenter's tool known as a "plane," the phrase is often applied to anything that has a smoothing or erosive force. A noun or pronoun can be used between "plane" and "away." This is just a rough cut of the timber—I still need to plane the imperfections away. The harsh weather planed away the names of those buried in the cemetery from their headstones.
plane something away
to smooth off bumps or irregularities with a plane. Please plane the bumps away so that the board is perfectly smooth. Sam planed away the bumps.