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  • verb Present participle of whittle.
  • noun usually plural A chip or shaving whittled from some larger substance.


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  • Coaches 'compensation accounts for more than half that, and little whittling is going on there.

    College football coaches see salaries rise in down economy

  • I will begin whittling down the daily emails as folks migrate over to this better method, and will eventually discontinue them.

    Super Librarian, the comic, available today

  • For his efforts in whittling down his times and picking up his spirits, Phelps is USATODAY. com's U.S. Olympic Athlete of the Week. - Phelps shakes off disappointment of merely winning

  • I was complimenting Admiral Wood on the job the American Navy and her submarines had done in whittling clown the Japanese Navy and the great destruction of her merchant fleet-a natural thing for me to do.

    The Unfinished Task

  • But even mathematics Mr. Keith made interesting; he succeeded in whittling problems small enough to get through my brain.

    The Story of My Life

  • And then in the end, yes, it comes down to kind of whittling down the list and making sure we get a good representation of all that is sexy out there.

    CNN Transcript Nov 16, 2005

  • RACHEL GRIFFITHS, MOTHER OF TWO CHILDREN: You watch some TV shows and you know there ` s like this massive, you know, competition going between you know, God, she ` s lost three pounds, oh she ` s now lost five pounds (UNINTELLIGIBLE) she ` s lost even more, and you know there ` s this like skinny thing that happens and they all start kind of whittling down.

    CNN Transcript Jun 27, 2005

  • You know, there ` s this, like, skinny thing that happens when they all start kind of whittling down.

    CNN Transcript Jun 28, 2005

  • This kind of whittling away at belief in the divinity of Jesus is scarcely new.

    Revolution in the Church

  • But both replied in almost identical terms, and I read an extract from one of the letters: I believe that the Allies have taken the correct line -- no 'whittling' away of our legal rights.

    The Berlin Crisis


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