Translation of whittle in Spanish:

whittle

tallar, v.

Pronunciation /ˈ(h)wɪdl//ˈwɪt(ə)l/

transitive verb

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    (stick/wood) tallar
    I whittled the ends down to a point (con una navaja, un cuchillo etc) les saqué punta a los extremos
    • Seve cut his sticks to length, whittled a point in the slender end and drove it into the hosel - the round socket at the top of the iron head.
    • I really like the spey blade, as it offers a long straight edge for doing really important tasks: things like whittling a sharp point on an old stick.
    • Her father just sat in a corner whittling a piece of wood.
    • The Americans of the volunteers joked about how whittling wood was an American habit.
    • He volleyed as if he was using his racket to whittle wood, slicing this way and that and caressing the ball into submission.
    • Later when he swore off smoking, he took up whittling wood.
    • How many millions were spent whittling that piece of wet balsam, I've no idea; it means nothing and invites ridicule.
    • He was whittling a piece of wood the size of his palm.
    • A willowy soldier leaned against a tree near where he stood, whittling a piece of wood.
    • We were forced to hotfoot it to Borneo, where we lived on the edge of the jungle for the next twenty years, whittling wood into supposedly erotic shapes that we then sold as tribal trinkets.
    • Excitedly, Vivienne raised her camera to capture the woman on film, then snapped some shots of an old man whittling a piece of wood.
    • Then, he painstakingly whittles each one a 10-inch handle with a kitchen knife, and waits till dark.
    • With a jackknife, he whittled a point on a thin green stick pulled from a maple branch.

intransitive verb

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    hacer tallas