eat away

verb
1. remove soil or rock
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Rain eroded the terraces

Syn: ↑erode, ↑fret
Derivationally related forms: ↑erosive (for: ↑erode), ↑erosion (for: ↑erode), ↑eroding (for: ↑erode)
Hypernyms: ↑damage
Hyponyms: ↑wash
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s something

2. wear away or erode
Syn: ↑fret
Hypernyms: ↑corrode, ↑rust
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s something

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transitive verb
: to consume by eating : erode

wind eating away the dunes

: to eat heartily or to repletion

they ate away with right good will

eat away, children, you're welcome to all you want

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eat away
1. To destroy gradually
2. To gnaw
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Main Entry:eat

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ˌeat a ˈway [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they eat away he/she/it eats away present participle eating away past tense ate away past participle eaten away] phrasal verb
eat away variant eat into variant to gradually destroy something

Within a few years inflation had eaten away all the economic gains.

Thesaurus: to destroy or severely damage somethingsynonym
Main entry: eat

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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