Definition of eat away at in English:

eat away at

Translate eat away at into Spanish

phrasal verb

  • 1eat away at somethingWear something away; gradually erode something.

    • ‘sinkholes happen when water eats away at underground rock, creating pits and craters’
    erode, corrode, abrade, wear away, wear away at, wear down, wear through, gnaw away, gnaw away at, bite into, burn into, burn through, consume, dissolve, disintegrate, crumble, waste away, rot, decay
    1. 1.1Gradually use something up.
      ‘fees and insurance premiums can eat away at your savings’
      • ‘the lack of success started eating away at his confidence’
      • ‘Offering salespeople the right incentives to sell offshore deals eats away at lucrative margins.’
      • ‘There's something eating away at the global economy, creatures chomping through trillions of dollars.’
      • ‘There is some truth in the accusation that the offshore world eats away at government revenue.’
      • ‘Interest inflation, that is, is eating away at your returns every day.’
      • ‘This would be a real achievement, for nothing eats away at public confidence more than corruption.’
      • ‘Each of those planes will eat away at BA's European market.’
      • ‘It eats away at self confidence which is a problem all of the girls my age are having.’
      • ‘His wife takes in work as a seamstress and bakes to help support the family, as they eat away at their savings.’
      • ‘Bad investments usually subject investors to gut-wrenching volatility, while often eating away at their capital.’
      • ‘They are awarded in addition to monies granted for works on the ground so will not eat away at the £ 2.3m ring-fenced for capital improvements.’
      erode, corrode, abrade, wear away, wear away at, wear down, wear through, gnaw away, gnaw away at, bite into, burn into, burn through, consume, dissolve, disintegrate, crumble, waste away, rot, decay
    2. 1.2eat away at someoneCause persistent anxiety or distress to someone.
      • ‘the knowledge of his affair still ate away at her’