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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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Villa have seen what was a six-point lead over Arsenal for the last Champions League spot whittled away.
What was fought for in two world wars has been whittled away.
They'll be wondering how and why we've allowed a once-great public service to be whittled away to almost nothing.
Over the past few weeks second-placed United - who once topped the Coca-Cola Championship - have seen their advantage ahead of the chasing pack whittled away after winning just one of seven games.
The A team had mixed results after losing 5-1 t o Halton and 4-2 to Trafford, but beat Mid Cheshire and Oldham A 4-2In the Liverpool League's Frank Murphy Memorial Trophy, Bath Street V took a 'handicap' of 150 points advantage into their home match with Bootle YMCA, but their lead was whittled away by John Higham, Richie Winckle and Danny Every.
And as DVD gets whittled away with piracy, there won't be any income.
But there was to be no running away with it for Keys and Ponty whittled away their advantage to five points by half-time thanks to the accuracy of Pocock, who capitalised on some needless indiscipline by the home side.
Pension entitlements are constantly being whittled away without justification except the inevitable cost-cutting in organisations that are delivering record profits.
Where Woods once held an intimidating lead atop the rankings, that has been whittled away over the past two years to the extent that his points score is now 13.
Over the centuries we have whittled away our native woodlands and remnants often survived in steep-sided valleys which are no use for agriculture and which grazing animals can't access.
The department has been steadily whittled away by budget cuts to the point that residents' care is being jeopardized.
How this individual waited as this dog whittled away to nothing just yards away is difficult to imagine.