gnaw at

gnaw at
become ground down or deteriorate (Freq. 1)

Her confidence eroded

Syn: ↑erode, ↑gnaw, ↑eat at, ↑wear away
Derivationally related forms: ↑wearing away (for: ↑wear away), ↑erosive (for: ↑erode), ↑erosion (for: ↑erode)
Hypernyms: ↑decay, ↑crumble, ↑dilapidate
Verb Frames:

Something ——s

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ˈgnaw ˌat ˌgnaw a ˈway at [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they gnaw at he/she/it gnaws at present participle gnawing at past tense gnawed at past participle gnawed at] phrasal verb
if something gnaws at you, you keep worrying about it or feeling upset about it
Thesaurus: to make someone feel sad or upsetsynonym to make someone worried or nervoussynonym
Main entry: gnaw

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gnaw at [phrasal verb]
gnaw at (someone) : to be a source of worry or concern to (someone)

This problem has been gnawing at me day and night.

She says she's fine, but I can see that something is gnawing at her.

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Main Entry:gnaw

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  • Gnaw — (n[add]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gnawed} (n[add]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Gnawing}.] [OE. gnawen, AS. gnagan; akin to D. knagen, OHG. gnagan, nagan, G. nagen, Icel. & Sw. gnaga, Dan. gnave, nage. Cf. {Nag} to tease.] 1. To bite, as something hard or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gnaw — O.E. gnagan (pt. *gnog, pp. gnagan) to gnaw, a common Germanic word (Cf. O.S. gnagan, O.N., Swed. gnaga, M.Du., Du. knagen, O.H.G. gnagan, Ger. nagen to gnaw ), probably imitative of gnawing. Related: Gnawed; gnawing …   Etymology dictionary

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