chip away at

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Synonyms for chip away at

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

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I have to see if I can chip away at my personal best Jemma Reekie
The members of the chapters are working right now to chip away at your business and, in turn, the industry.
Despite valiant play, the Eagles could not chip away at the lead, James Bruce's three-point shooting failing to halt Doncaster.
Martin O'Malley (D) signed into law in November to extend health coverage to an estimated 140,000 people puts Maryland among a growing group of states attempting to chip away at their soaring numbers of uninsured.
Hamilton said: "It is always an advantage when you start the weekend ahead, but you can chip away at that and it is a lot smaller at the end of the weekend.
A POPULAR city bus route will be phased out "through the back door" if transport bosses continue to chip away at the service, an angry councillor has claimed.
Apparently, if the "choice" weapon can be used to chip away at the foundations of society, statists are all for it; however, if your personal choice isn't compatible with the hobgoblin of the hour, that's tough.
Meanwhile, the REIT continued to chip away at its plan to divest itself of non-core assets with the sale of 70 West 36th Street for $61.5 million, or $393 per square foot.
A Midwestern broker notes that transportation costs are continuing to chip away at margins and that the effect is particularly noticeable since this time last year.
Rather than trying to ban abortion outright, which most politicians acknowledge the American public does not support, they instead chip away at the right to choose, one restriction at a time.
Some have muscle and plastic gloves; others have expensive educations to chip away at legal convention.
Comparative psychologist Todd Freeberg of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, who has studied chickadee communication, says that Templeton's work is "really starting to chip away at understanding the richness of the information" that chickadees can communicate.
Another way to chip away at that propaganda stink is to quote people outside the company: analysts, trade-publication editors, customers and industry experts.
Robi's romantic problems and her desperation worrying about her sick younger brother chip away at her psyche.