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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 government is whittling down Merseyside rebel MPs over this week's controversial education bill.
Model County officials have interviewed a number of candidates for the post and according to Chairman Sean Quirke, are set to meet with one more figure before whittling down their list.
Admissions officials interviewed 400 of the 2,100 applicants, in whittling down the charter class to 56.