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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of gnaw.


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  • A name gnaws at him, and you can guess what it is, Mahound Mahound Mahound.

    The Satanic Verses

  • I still support Barack, but the feeling doesn't go away - it just kind of gnaws at me.

    Obama: I "Profoundly Disagree" With Pastor Over "God Damn America" Comments

  • Stanley Knox, Detroit's new police chief, said the murder "kind of gnaws on your nerves," and he swore to keep up the heat.

    Slaughter Of The Innocents

  • "I understand if we don't do anything we are going to get drowned with corporate money in this election, but at the same time, it kind of gnaws at you."

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  • She looks around the pediatric emergency room, gnaws at the plastic ID bracelet on her wrist and wails when the exams continue.

    '24 hours in the ER' shows challenges of health system

  • They dangle with fear-filled anticipation as hunger gnaws in the pit of her ignored stomach: forgotten meals, endless licking things.

    Nailpolish Stories

  • But for the next five months, the bell jar incident gnaws at Katie.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • Mary Catherine sticks her fingers in her mouth now, gnaws her nails.

    Amaryllis in Blueberry

  • Ultimately, life gnaws away the scaffold of prelife molecules that got it going in the first place.


  • In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America ... and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it’s a mystery with only one answer – the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.

    Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child: Book summary


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