Definition of 'whittle'
Example sentences containing 'whittle'
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That is what whittling away a current account deficit really means. Times, Sunday Times (2016)That lead had been whittled down to 21 points. Times, Sunday Times (2016)A panel will then whittle down the list. Times, Sunday Times (2016)British goods will become more competitive for international buyers, foreigners will buy more of our stuff and gradually that current account deficit will be whittled away. Times, Sunday Times (2016)You will now find that your list has been whittled down to two or three possibilities. 23 Steps to Successful Achievement (1972)They are sick to the back teeth of their earnings being whittled away. The Sun (2008)For the final, the contestants had been whittled down to three. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Our judges have whittled down thousands of entries to 40 finalists. The Sun (2014)There is no easy way to carve stone or whittle wood or mould clay or build Stonehenge. Times, Sunday Times (2008)By 2003 the lifestyle had whittled away too much of his soul. Times, Sunday Times (2011)All else is lost to the great cycles of earth history, whittled away by time. THE EARTH: An Intimate History (2004)THE judges must whittle down the wannabes to the final 32 acts tomorrow night. The Sun (2010)The only difficulty I had was to whittle my list down to five. Times, Sunday Times (2015)I want to whittle away at that 20 years. Christianity Today (2000)The panel have to whittle down 54 contestants for the Hollywood round. The Sun (2009) Gradually I whittled down my criteria. IN FORKBEARD'S WAKE: Coasting Round Scandinavia (2003)He received more than 50 serious applications and whittled the list down to a dozen, based on how experienced they are. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Now it's YOUR turn to whittle that list down to five. The Sun (2007)During the day my lead was whittled down but I managed to keep the Italian player breathing down my neck at bay. Times, Sunday Times (2011)
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Translations for 'whittle'
British English: whittle VERB
If you whittle something from a piece of wood, you carve it by cutting pieces off the wood with a knife.
He whittled a new handle for his ax.
Definition of whittle from the Collins English Dictionary
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