whittle out of
whittle (something) out of (something)
To create some shape by shaving small bits from a piece of some material. He whittled a little toy horse out of the block of wood. The kids are out back whittling animals out of bars of soap.
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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?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.