In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(reduce)(funds/resources) ir mermando(influence) ir reduciendo(influence) ir disminuyendo(rights) ir menoscabandogambling had whittled away his savings — el juego le había ido comiendo los ahorros informal
2to whittle away at sth — ir minando / socavando algo
- these failures have been whittling away at her self-confidence — estos fracasos han ido minando / socavando su confianza en sí misma
- he sat there whittling away at a stick — estaba allí sentado tallando una vara
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