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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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They hope that will help whittle down a list of 100 suspects with similar DNA to that found on victims.
The Education Secretary Charles Clarke wants to introduce a new school certificate to measure pupils' capabilities in all subjects before they whittle down which ones they will study for their GCSEs.
Fleming, which derived more than 20% of its $15.5 billion in sales last year from the Kmart pact, said it is beginning to whittle down inventory in its distribution network that relates to the Kmart contract.
Whittle down that pile, deciding what you could hand down to your little sis or cousin and what should go to The Salvation Army.