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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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"I don't know Paul's circumstances, but it seems to me that the club is trying to whittle away a few of the bigger earners and older players," said McCarthy.
Vale came back with a marked determination to whittle away the Wizards' lead and Scott Headington's try four minutes from the end was the signal for a frantic finale.
Large Transactions, Minimal Space Returns Whittle Away at Availability
als Zeichner exhibition in Berlin of 1975 continued to whittle away at the core opus, while at the same time enriching our understanding of drawings by his Netherlandish contemporaries.