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The members of the chapters are working right now to chip away at your business and, in turn, the industry.
Rather than trying to ban abortion outright, which most politicians acknowledge the American public does not support, they instead chip away at the right to choose, one restriction at a time.
Comparative psychologist Todd Freeberg of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, who has studied chickadee communication, says that Templeton's work is "really starting to chip away at understanding the richness of the information" that chickadees can communicate.
I'm trying to chip away, chip away, to get back to a ranking I'm comfortable with.
Another way to chip away at that propaganda stink is to quote people outside the company: analysts, trade-publication editors, customers and industry experts.
The Bush strategy, despite its coat of a different color, is to chip away parts of the system until it vanishes or gets pushed down to the states.
But it wasn't long before the competition started to chip away at segments where the newly efficient GM was underrepresented, or absent.
I am a 65-year-old Catholic who has watched society and government chip away at what I was led to believe was the truth--abortion is wrong, same-sex marriage is wrong--etc.
When the sister of a murdered informant (Eva Marie Saint) and a local labor priest (Karl Malden) begin to chip away at Terry's dormant conscience, the small-time hood begins to question the things he and his bosses are doing.