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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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Six of the best...The model finalists were whittled down to six then to three
The drawings were whittled down by Trump from six different schemes to a geometric pattern outlined with brass strips, but is still being refined.
This year''s field of 14 will be whittled down to a shortlist of 6 (announced on October 28) by a panel of judges before the final winner is revealed on the 28th of November at a special lunchtime reception at Waterstones, Piccadilly.
Now the contestants will come face to face with the judges, including Charlotte Church, as the group is whittled down further.
When the contestants are whittled down to just the most talented among them, there could be something almost perverse in watching them creating culinary delights around the same time we're tucking into our own, now comparably disappointing dinner.
The 16-year-old Welshman, above, who had endured relentless criticism from judge Louis Walsh in recent weeks, was voted off by the public last night as the wannabes were whittled down to the final four.
More than 500 hopefuls have been whittled down - and the winner will be heading to London's Southgate College for a grande finale on October 6.
THE 16 candidates whittled down from 20,000 applicants are battling it out for a pounds 100,000-a-year (EUR130k) job as an apprentice to multi-millionaire mogul Alan Sugar.
The eight areas shortlisted yesterday must now be whittled down to one winner of a super casino licence, under current legislation.
Auditions will be held in Belfast, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh and London, where the hopefuls will be whittled down to 50 potential Marias.
UP to 1,400 hopefuls who applied for apprenticeships at Airbus Broughton, have been whittled down to 800.
The initial 12 teams in the league were whittled down to three over a four-month period with matches lasting an hour each.