chip away at


Also found in: Dictionary.
  • verb

Synonyms for chip away at

remove or withdraw gradually: "These new customs are chipping away at the quality of life"

References in periodicals archive ?
The members of the chapters are working right now to chip away at your business and, in turn, the industry.
A NEW LAW IN UTAH, approved in March, offers one of the latest examples of the anti-abortion effort to limit access to family planning services and thus chip away at a woman's right to choose.
Intuit (Japan) and other Japanese companies are using MBOs to give themselves a semblance of independence; Xavel is pulling in revenue of $1 million a month selling high-quality, brand-name clothing, perfume and accessories to people shopping via their cellphones; IP telephony begins to chip away at NTT's 100-year empire; and Sony tries to rev up the lackluster Aiwa brand.
For years, Annan has encouraged the United Nations and the European Union to chip away at the sovereignty of the nations of Europe.
Does Bush's deal with the Salvation Army shed light on a White House plan to chip away at gay fights?
An older couple, superbly danced by Deirdre Chapman and Paul Liburd, chip away at their routine, ritualistic yet still vigorous and passionate, with suggestive hip gyrating in deep second-position plies and lung-challenging races across stage with slick transitions of direction.
But component shortages in the mobile phone division could chip away at future growth.
Pundits and politicians who describe themselves as pro-choice have been strangely complicit in the effort to chip away at abortion rights.
Clearly handset vendors can appeal to localized market needs to chip away at Nokia's global dominance.
That was a marked difference from Game One, when second-unit let downs allowed the Nuggets to chip away at the Clippers 16-point lead over the last few minutes of the third quarter and the early part of the fourth quarter.
The third such 25 basis point rise since June, and part of an ongoing series of raises that many fear will begin to chip away at skyrocketing real estate values, has been accompanied somewhat unexpectedly by a slowly sinking 10-year Treasury yield, the rate that real estate loans are typically priced from.
A grim, humourless group of people, they systematically chip away at the country's moral foundations.
Enzymes continually repair the damage that free radicals cause when they chip away at DNA, Metting says.
Every year card-based payments chip away at the market share of cash and checks and the advent of online shopping and electronic payments has accelerated that trend.
THE expansion of the Los Angeles city Planning Department announced Wednesday will add 20 new planners, allow the department to chip away at the huge backlog of projects and start ``dynamic new initiatives to enhance livability for all Angelenos.