nibble away at

Meaning: to gradually reduce the quantity, strength or value of something

Synonym: eat into

For example:

  • nibble away at Inflation is nibbling away at the value of my savings.

  • nibble away at The prime minister's little mistakes are starting to nibble away at his reputation as a reliable leader.

Quick Quiz:

If rising production costs are nibbling away at our profit margins, our profits will be getting

a. bigger

b. smaller

c. stronger

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