Definition of eat away at / phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

eat away at /

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

    eat away at something/somebody

     
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  1. 1to reduce or destroy something gradually Woodworm had eaten away at the door frame. His constant criticism ate away at her self-confidence.
  2. 2to worry someone over a period of time The thought of her child left helpless and alone ate away at her.
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