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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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Government lawmakers point out the killing of MPs is whittling away at their narrow majority in parliament.
Would that the Bush administration had spent the last six years whittling away at the problem of global warming - instead of scrambling to find pretexts for inaction.
This whittling away of America's timberlands has not sparked a national outcry, but it has generated angst in the countless communities dependent on the local timber industry.
The 90-year-old had been repeatedly registering for and ringing up prize wins for 12 years, whittling away her life savings.
I guess West Brom are whittling away their options and deciding what to do.
This is the result of his whittling away, bit by bit, of the state's $13 billion deficit.
The move comes after years of falling demand for denim jeans and the whittling away of margins in the whole clothing sector.
Buckingham Palace sources say the Queen is worried the changes are part of a whittling away of the monarchy.
Both the Labour and Conserv ative governments gave out the message that they were tough on crime,but it seems behind the scenes they have been whittling away bit by bit at the number of officers on our streets.