scrape away at (something)

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scrape away at (something)

To scrub something or some surface vigorously with or as with a rough, sharp, or hard-edged instrument steadily or continuously. I sat there scraping away at the rust for nearly an hour, but it just wouldn't come off! She's up there scraping away at the gutter, trying to clear out all the moss and gunk that has been building up over the last year.
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Next try to scrape away at the glue to ease it off.
His new film, Naked, should scrape away at the director's anonymity, not simply because it picked up awards for best director and best actor (for lead David Thewlis) at last year's Cannes Film Festival, but because Leigh has left behind the superficially gentle whimsies of his last two films, High Hopes, 1988, and Life Is Sweet, 1990, and, entered the lower depths.