gnaw


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erode

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Synonyms for gnaw

to seize, as food, with the teeth

to consume gradually, as by chemical reaction or friction

Synonyms for gnaw

bite or chew on with the teeth

become ground down or deteriorate

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Yes, yes, just gnaw your paws like a bear in his cage, and you, my fine little lady, devour your dear Cornelius with your eyes.
They plumb e't all the bacon and prunes and sugar and dog-food," Elijah reported, "and gosh darn my buttons, if they didn't gnaw open the sacks and scatter the flour and beans and rice from Dan to Beersheba.
The dog was unable to gnaw through the leather at his own end of the stick.
He can gnaw through leather as clean as a knife an' jes' about half as quick.
Thereupon he attempted to gnaw his Bone, but his teeth passed through it without resistance.
Now bees, as may be clearly seen by examining the edge of a growing comb, do make a rough, circumferential wall or rim all round the comb; and they gnaw into this from the opposite sides, always working circularly as they deepen each cell.
It suffices that the bees should be enabled to stand at their proper relative distances from each other and from the walls of the last completed cells, and then, by striking imaginary spheres, they can build up a wall intermediate between two adjoining spheres; but, as far as I have seen, they never gnaw away and finish off the angles of a cell till a large part both of that cell and of the adjoining cells has been built.
More than once, it is true, he had been heard to say, clutching his hands convulsively upon his breast,--"It gnaws me
The dusky twilight was now too transparent for Roderick Elliston; the blackest midnight was his chosen hour to steal abroad; and if ever he were seen, it was when the watchman's lantern gleamed upon his figure, gliding along the street, with his hands clutched upon his bosom, still muttering, "It gnaws me
Hesiod's diction is in the main Homeric, but one of his charms is the use of quaint allusive phrases derived, perhaps, from a pre- Hesiodic peasant poetry: thus the season when Boreas blows is the time when `the Boneless One gnaws his foot by his fireless hearth in his cheerless house'; to cut one's nails is `to sever the withered from the quick upon that which has five branches'; similarly the burglar is the `day-sleeper', and the serpent is the `hairless one'.
Half of the fish were trained with food to gnaw whenever Bach played and the other half were taught to gnaw whenever Stravinsky music was on.
Preliminary observations show that both captive and wild small rodents readily gnaw on carbonate rocks placed in their environment.
It is a very scary thought that rats can gnaw through your pipes.
When you think about it, the rising Devean George and the always-cool Horry might be the only Lakers without something to gnaw at them.
That move, coupled with accounting changes and a recently settled contract dispute, continue to gnaw on the company's profitability, Hyde said.