Idiom:  eat away at something

Meaning

Idiom:  eat away at something

  • to gradually make something a little smaller and smaller over time


Example sentences

  • Every cigarette you smoke is slowly eating away at your health.
  • I'm eating away at my credit card debt by making an extra payment with each paycheck.
  • I hope he finishes his presentation soon—he's eating away at the Question & Answer time.
  • The long hours that you’re working every single evening and on the weekends is eating away at our marriage.
  • My manager's negative comments are really eating away my confidence.
  • My parents made a $10,000 payment on my student loans and that significantly ate away at my debt.
  • The lies that you're telling are eating away at the trust between you and your colleagues. This needs to stop immediately.


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