Definition of eat away at phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


eat away at

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

    eat away at somebody


    eat away at something

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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 somebody over a period of time The thought of her child left helpless and alone ate away at her.
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