chip away at

1) PHRASAL VERB If you chip away at something such as an idea, a feeling, or a system, you gradually make it weaker or less likely to succeed by repeated efforts.

[V P P n] Instead of an outright coup attempt, the rebels want to chip away at her authority.

Syn:
2) PHRASAL VERB If you chip away at a debt or an amount of money, you gradually reduce it.

[V P P n] The group had hoped to chip away at its debts by selling assets.


English dictionary. 2008.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • chip away — phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms chip away : present tense I/you/we/they chip away he/she/it chips away present participle chipping away past tense chipped away past participle chipped away 1) to gradually make something weaker,… …   English dictionary

  • chip away — v. (d; intr.) to chip away at (to chip away at a rock; the police kept chipping away at their alibi) * * * [ tʃɪpə weɪ] (d; intr.) to chip away at (to chip away at a rock; the police kept chip awayping away at their alibi) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • chip away — verb remove or withdraw gradually: These new customs are chipping away at the quality of life • Syn: ↑chip away at • Hypernyms: ↑remove, ↑take, ↑take away, ↑withdraw • Verb Frames …   Useful english dictionary

  • chip away at — verb remove or withdraw gradually: These new customs are chipping away at the quality of life • Syn: ↑chip away • Hypernyms: ↑remove, ↑take, ↑take away, ↑withdraw • Verb Frames: Somebo …   Useful english dictionary

  • chip away — verb To reduce or weaken bit by bit. Iraneus contrasts the unity and integrity of these writings with the distorted, contextless citations of the Gnostics. He describes the code of textual harassment that allows these heretics to chip away at the …   Wiktionary

  • chip away at — chipping away at their defenses Syn: erode, wear down, wear away, whittle down, corrode, gnaw away at …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • chip away at — gradually and relentlessly make (something) smaller or weaker: → chip …   English new terms dictionary

  • Chip Away the Stone — Single by Aerosmith from the album Live! Bootleg …   Wikipedia

  • Chip Away the Stone — Single par Aerosmith extrait de l’album Live Bootleg Pays  États Unis So …   Wikipédia en Français

  • chip away at something — ˌchip aˈway at sth derived to keep breaking small pieces off sth • He was chipping away at the stone. • (figurative) They chipped away at the power of the government (= gradually made it weaker) …   Useful english dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.