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whittle

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whittle/ˈwɪtl̟/verb
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whittle
/ˈwɪtl̟/
verb
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Learner's definition of WHITTLE  
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: to cut or shape (a piece of wood) by cutting small pieces from it: to make or shape (something) from a piece of wood by cutting small pieces from it

whittle away

[phrasal verb]
whittle (something) away or whittle away (something) 
: to reduce or get rid of (something) slowly

whittle down

[phrasal verb]
whittle (something) down or whittle down (something) 
: to gradually make (something) smaller by removing parts
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