eat away

eat away
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "eat away":
present tense I/you/we/they eat away he/she/it eats away present participle eating away past tense ate away past participle eaten away
eat away or eat into to gradually destroy something

Within a few years inflation had eaten away all the economic gains.


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