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whittle

Brit dialect a knife, esp a large one

Whittle

Sir Frank. 1907--96, English engineer, who invented the jet engine for aircraft; flew first British jet aircraft (1941)
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To lose three Cabinet members is serious but to see its majority whittled away by defections is calamitous for Labour.
But his lead was being whittled away when he made a hash of the last and he was soon passed by High Ransom, who traded at 660 in running on the way to making it two from two at the track.
But while McIlroy, in his absence, has whittled away the lead Kaymer built up in the Race with two wins, the richest prize in the history of European golf is still up for grabs.
The goals have dried up at the wrong time and the lead Gordon Strachan's men held over Rangers a couple of months ago has been whittled away.
It sounds as though access to your property has been whittled away over the years.
Continued weathering whittled away the arch until it became too thin to hold, says Tim Connors, a geologist with the National Park Service.
The good news is the broad executive powers that the Bush administration asserted in waging war have been steadily whittled away by the courts.
Hard-won freedoms the people of this country have struggled to achieve over centuries are gradually being whittled away, using antiterrorism as an excuse.
The kings of England once ruled more of France than the French kings themselves, but over centuries their French possessions were whittled away to the point where by 1453 all that was left was Calais and the small territory around it.
The ongoing security paranoia has whittled away any last vestiges of gloss from modern air travel, but Dalaman is a dignified attempt to make amends.
ALSO feeling the pressure in Italy are league leaders Juventus who before today's game against Siena had seen a 14-point lead over AC Milan in February whittled away to three with three matches left.
For 10 years I happily and enthusiastically whittled away at my life list and scratched off most.