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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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