English version

nibble away at something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishnibble away at something phrasal verbREDUCEto take away small amounts of something so that the total amount is gradually reduced All these expenses are nibbling away at our savings. The Scottish National Party is beginning to nibble away at Labour’s majority. nibble→ See Verb table
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Verb table
nibble
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theynibble
he, she, itnibbles
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theynibbled
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave nibbled
he, she, ithas nibbled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad nibbled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill nibble
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have nibbled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam nibbling
he, she, itis nibbling
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you, we, theyare nibbling
Past
I, he, she, itwas nibbling
you, we, theywere nibbling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been nibbling
he, she, ithas been nibbling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been nibbling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be nibbling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been nibbling
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