One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Erode or destroy something gradually.‘the acid began to eat away at the edge of her tunic’figurative ‘the knowledge of his affair still ate away at her’
erode, corrode, abrade, wear away, wear away at, wear down, wear through, gnaw away, gnaw away at, bite into, burn into, burn through, consume, dissolve, disintegrate, crumble, waste away, rot, decayView synonyms
- ‘It seems everywhere that two apples rub up against each other, the skin has been eaten away by a worm.’
- ‘The timbers have been eaten away by what Mr Fox calls ‘radioactive seepage’.’
- ‘The stone blocks had been eaten away by time and now were only a shadow of their former glory.’
- ‘He swallowed hard, preparing to admit something that had bothered him for the past seven years, eating away at his insides.’
- ‘He wants to eat away at some of the more annoying kinds of brakes that can be applied to a measure along its legislative journey.’
- ‘Going into the room he expected to step on carpet but found that the carpet had been eaten away and in places there were only the bare floorboards underneath.’
- ‘In that time literally millions of bombs have rained down on the soft Holderness earth - and now they are all being exposed as the cliffs are eaten away by the sea.’
- ‘‘I learned a long time ago that you can't let a big loss eat away at you,’ the coach said.’
- ‘If I don't make the initial effort, nobody bothers with me and that sucks and it's eating away at me.’
- ‘The front porch had collapsed at one end where the supports had been eaten away by the fire and what looked like a bundle of rags had been wrapped around a post flanking the steps.’
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