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English verb: gnaw

1. gnaw (contact) bite or chew on with the teeth


SamplesGnaw an old cracker.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bite, chew, jaw, manducate, masticate, seize with teeth

2. gnaw (change) become ground down or deteriorate


SamplesHer confidence eroded.


Synonymseat at, erode, gnaw at, wear away


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)crumble, decay, dilapidate









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