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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of gnaw.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, irregularly toothed, as if from gnawing; erose.


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  • Coleridge, "With blood was it planted; it was rocked in tempests; the goat, the ass, and the stag gnawed it, the wild boar whetted its tusk upon its bark; the deep scars are still extant on its trunk, and the path of the lightning may be traced among its higher branches!"

    The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852

  • (Asked on NBC after the race if that streak had "gnawed" at him, Pletcher answered, "not as much as everybody else who made a big deal out of it" — but by then we'd been hooked on his saga.)

    Kentucky Derby show has winners across board

  • Bobby had tremendous emotional pull with the public, and that must have gnawed at Johnson, too.

    The Good Fight

  • But the sexist implication of his comment gnawed at me.

    Vivian Diller, Ph.D.: Retiring Athletes and Aging Beauty Queens: Shared Destinies?

  • I sat on the soft hill, looking at the hard cantilevered beams Theo had drawn and specified so carefully, which now had a chunk missing on either side, a gnawed V that looked too deep to have been carved by a bird.

    The Bird House

  • The sense of unfulfilled belonging, the notion that my links with Wales were fraudulently weak, gnawed away at me for years until I felt an urge stealing up on me to put some flesh on my feelings about Wales, to solidify my Welshness in words and deeds.

    My quest to be more Welsh

  • Walmart's advance on market share, and hence its now overly-ballyhooed raise for working class consumers, is also being gnawed at by newer and even lower end merchandisers in every segment.

    Jerry Hausman on Wal-Mart, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • The guilt of not being able to remember their faces gnawed at me.

    How to Flirt with A Naked Werewolf

  • Ever since, Junius had known a vague unease, and underlying dissatisfaction that gnawed at his idle moments and poisoned his leisure.

    The Soul of Yeats « Unknowing

  • The wrong done him by the TRANSCONTINENTAL loomed colossal, for strong upon him were all the dreary months of vain yearning, of hunger and privation, and his present hunger awoke and gnawed at him, reminding him that he had eaten nothing since the day before, and little enough then.

    Chapter 33


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