whittle (something) out of (something)

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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?
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