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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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296 million a day toward whittling down a debt of more than $4 billion four years ago.
Experience always helps, so I feel a lot less stress than last time,'' said the star student from Toll Middle School, who warmed up by giving a final skim to a list of 3,850 words being used in the contest to begin whittling down a stellar field of 248 spellers from around the nation.
Bush's whittling down the vice president's lead in the state.
Aerospace corporations are whittling down the number of companies from which they buy parts, even as they increase the amount of work they hire done by outside companies as a cost-cutting measure.
The Lancaster school board Tuesday chose McIver after first whittling down the list of candidates from seven finalists to three: McIver, former trustee Jeff Hanson, and Carol McClure, a licensed child care provider.