whittle at

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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Gwen Palmer, who worked alongside Whittle at the Cresswell Ward, said she first suspected that she was drinking on duty towards the end of 2006.