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  • adv. In a manner that chafes or worries.


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gnawing +‎ -ly


  • Although Richie Sambora's struggles with alcohol are well known, possibly stemming from having to balance having the world's most complicated love life with being in the world's most fist-gnawingly awful band, up until now he'd managed to avoid combining getting hammered on booze with bombing around in a car with his own daughter in it.

    Police Want Richie Sambora Up For Child Endangerment

  • But as with the loss of Gildas father three years earlier, also at age sixty-five, it was a blow that was deeply and gnawingly upsetting without, somehow, being devastating.

    A Question of Honour

  • The whole thing does rather give one a gnawingly ill feeling in the pit of the stomach.

    A Critical Glitch « XUP

  • The band's seventh and latest studio album isn't "OK Computer," nor is it as gnawingly interesting as Radiohead's sixth release, 2003's "Hail to the Thief," an insistent, highly textured disc that married the band's gift for melody and its need to experiment with sound.

    More Than a Marketing Gimmick

  • Most of Amanda's concern had to do with Lucy, although a disruption, of her own privacy was a gnawingly discomfiting prospect.

    Wyoming Territory

  • That night they ate their very last scraps and crumbs of food; and next morning when they woke the first thing they noticed was that they were still gnawingly hungry, and the next thing was that it was raining and that here and there the drip of it was dropping heavily on the forest floor.

    The Hobbit

  • Marco was by this time rather gnawingly hungry himself.

    The Lost Prince

  • There is no sorrow that a child can bear, keener and more gnawingly bitter than this.


  • Hast thou heard the fall of water-drops in deep caves, where heavily, and perpetually, and gnawingly, they eat into the ground on which they fall?

    Strife and Peace

  • 'Thin Ice,' With Greg Kinnear and Billy Crudup And "Thin Ice" itself, while not entirely unpleasant, is gnawingly familiar, a slice of room-temperature heartland quirk that tries to blend low-key comedy with violence and mayhem.

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