gnaw at

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Synonyms for gnaw at

become ground down or deteriorate

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There is no military solution to the resentments and legitimate questions of justice that gnaw at the Holy Land.
Periods of uncertainty in life do gnaw at us from time to time.
There's things that gnaw at a man worse than dying.
Female scavengers gnaw at their own limbs in a demented "Feast of Harpies.
More important, opportunities to vent feelings and obtain encouragement in social support groups probably lessen the sense of isolation and anxiety regarding death that gnaw at many cancer patients, writes David Spiegel, a psychiatrist at Stanford University School of Medicine, in an accompanying comment.