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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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He then phones the police - getting a little bit closer to whittling away Tracy's hold on Amy.
And in health we are starting to see the whittling away of guarantees that spending in the NHS will be protected.
Could she be worried that the whittling away of legal immunity previously enjoyed by world leaders will make life dangerous?
One Mumsnet user, who is also a hospital consultant, posted: "I think that however much the current bunch of chinless wonders pay lip service to wanting to support the NHS, making cuts, going back on their election pledges, reducing pay in real terms, whittling away staff benefits on the sly is going to destroy the service." Another said: "I voted Tory over promises to protect the NHS.
Having survived early crowding, however, Farloe Bonus was in pursuit and was whittling away at the leader's advantage.
He echoes Mr Zangl in underlining that the Agreement would send a clear message to the business world and added a new dimension to connections between the two sides.The Association Agreement commits both sides to providing greater access to their markets by a gradual whittling away of customs tariffs for industrial products over a period of twelve years (with a further three years of grace for sensitive products).
The Christmas Day programme showed the two enjoying the high life in the south of France before whittling away their fortune on a dodgy South American investment.