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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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The original 12 finalists were whittled down to just three - Amber Jean Rowan, 16, from Dublin; CarrieAnne Burton, 19, from Belfast, and Sharon Touhey, 18, from Offaly.
The successful teams, whittled down from more than 750 schools around the UK, will then go to London to compete in the grand final at the Odeon West End Leicester Square on June 23.
The Friends of North and South Marine Parks whittled down more than 100 images of South Marine Park in South Shields from the local studies library, postcards and images supplied by the public down to form the final selection.
The 20-year-old had whittled down the Frenchwoman's fourstroke overnight lead to be level on the 18th but, while her 20-foot putt failed to drop, Nocera - two feet inside her opponent - holed for a 71 and a 13-under-par total.
I had whittled down my bowhunting subscriptions to one, but am publicly declaring "Petersen's Bowhunting" as lowering itself to the almighty dollar to the detriment of its readers and their families.
Contestants got whittled down from 250 to a shortlist of 25 in a vigorous testing programme set by the internet shopping site eBay.
Last week saw that number whittled down to 60 two-man teams after the regional finals.
Darren, from Plymouth, survived a dramatic final weekend as his lead was whittled down to just three points by Leo Reid, of Dublin, but hung on to claim the pounds 120,000 You The Manager first prize.
Companies looking for the prestige of a town address have whittled down the availability in the CBD area to just 63,190 s/f or 3.
Eight very different projects make up the UK Award shortlist whittled down from 26 entries in this category.
So far, the scientists have whittled down five industrial materials to such skimpy dimensions.
They have been whittled down from about 100 performers who entered the Chicago Rock Cafe pub chain's Rock Idol contest.