- v. present participle of eat away.
- n. (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it)
“His mind was battling to do two things at one and the same moment: William Henry had to be searched for, yet Annemarie Latour was there too, eating away like a worm.”
“The ruthlessness inherent in Marxist-inspired radicalism is slowly eating away at the fabric of American civilization.”
“There was one particular cook-shop on the right-hand side, especially frequented by the Bashi-Bazouks, where we saw a lot of men enjoying a mess of kabobs and rice, eating away with their fingers with profound enjoyment, probably all the stronger as the fowl that had been made into kabobs must have been a stolen one.”
“This suggested that his language-processing struggles were eating away at his otherwise good attention.”
“She likes the souvenir shops, and the various hotels that house tourists, even as the locals bemoan the constant construction, the expansion of infrastructure that they say is eating away at Murree's natural beauty.”
“With erosion eating away at south Louisiana, Travirca said it was urgent to preserve and investigate the ancient cultures that lived here.”
“AS THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE PRESIDENCY got under way late that summer in 1980, Americans for a second year in a row were trying to cope with the ruthless effects of double-digit inflation, which was eating away at their savings, their paychecks, and their way of life like a horde of locusts.”
“Kinrove's magic of terror and depression was a steady onslaught against Gettys, wearing the soldiers down and eating away at morale.”
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