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Cut away at; reduce
“He volleyed as if he was using his racket to whittle wood, slicing this way and that and caressing the ball into submission.”
Reduce something in size, amount, or extent by a gradual series of steps
“Tory MPs will whittle the candidates down to two in a series of ballots starting on October 18.”
To reduce or gradually eliminate something (such as a debt)
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