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slang Drunk. Try not to get too whittled, OK? You have a big day tomorrow.
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whittle down

To reduce the size or scope of something incrementally by removing small parts. The phrase alludes to whittling wood, in which small bits are carved off with a knife. A noun or pronoun can be used between "whittle" and "down." We're not going to make any major cuts, but we do need to whittle down the budget by reducing costs here and there. I think you need to whittle down your thesis to a more concise point. Right now it's a little too broad. Right now your speech is just a little long. Do you think you can whittle it down a bit?
See also: down, whittle

whittle at something

to cut or carve at something. He just sat there, whittling at a chunk of wood. I am not carving anything, I am just whittling at some wood.
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whittle someone down to size

Fig. to reduce someone's ego; to cause someone to have better, more respectful behavior. (Fig. on whittle something down (to size).) After a few days at camp, the counselors had whittled young Walter down to size. It took some doing, but they whittled him down to size.
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whittle something away

to cut or carve something away. The carver whittled the wood away until only a small figure was left. He whittled away the wood.
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whittle something down (to size)

 and whittle something down
to cut or diminish something to a more appropriate size or to the proper size. I whittled the peg down to size and it fit in the hole perfectly. You are going to have to whittle down expenses.
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whittle something out of something

to carve something out of something. The young man whittled a small boat out of wood. Can you whittle an elephant out of this chunk of wood?
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whittle away

1. To undermine, reduce, or weaken something by small increments until completely gone or useless: The long climb up the mountain whittled away his strength. We whittled their lead away with a series of small gains.
2. To weaken or be gradually reduced by small increments: My courage whittled away with each step forward I took.
3. To eliminate something by whittling it: The carpenter whittled the excess wood away. The sculptor whittled away the clay until a perfect form emerged.
4. To whittle continuously: They whittled away until they had finished carving their sticks into spoons.
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whittle down

1. To reduce the size of some piece of wood by cutting small bits or paring shavings: I whittled down the pencil's tip to expose more lead. I bit nervously on my pencil until I had whittled it down to nothing.
2. To reduce something gradually, as if by whittling with a knife: The couple whittled down their debt by making small payments. We whittled the other team's lead down to one point with a series of small gains.
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mod. alcohol intoxicated; filled with liquor. (see also cut.) Fred’s whittled again and shouldn’t drive home.
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no show Bill Clinton Whittle is best remembered for helping Great Britain to a relay gold in the 1986 European Championships in West Germany.
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Mr Whittle died from multiple injuries after jumping in front of a train between stations in Daisy Hill, Westhoughton, and Hag Fold, Atherton.
I write as an 88-year-old who once worked for Power Jets R&D and who regarded Whittle as a genius.
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Whittle, 51, said: "There are a lot of blurred lines in politics but the big difference is economics.
Further to his accolades, Whittle was wounded three times during the war and in 1934 was presented the Certificate of Merit for saving a drowning boy.
Mr Whittle, who will draw on his lifelong work and recent research in the field of archaeology for the lecture, said: "It is a pleasure to welcome the Society's annual conference once again to Cardiff University and a real honour to be invited to give the lecture.
Mr Whittle, who represents South Wales East, said: "The upkeep of the judges' lodgings in Cardiff is already significant at more than PS200,000 a year but in 2012-13 another PS160,000 was spent - that is more than the value of many homes in Wales.
The Chronicle understands that the footballremarkably the club's Colin Whittle club may be open to such discussions taken place.
Whittle has been monitoring Cuba's marine life for the past 12 years.
The North East division of Whittle Jones Group, which forms part of Northern Trust's in-house management company has left its Mosley Street offices after 16 years.
It currently 100 people and, like Brook & Whittle, serves blue chip clients in the personal care, beverage and food sectors, both in the US and in Canada.
TELEVISION star Ricky Whittle was found not guilty of dangerous driving at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday.
RICKY Whittle hit a photographer with his Dodge car out of frustration, a court heard yesterday.