WHITTLE in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of WHITTLE
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whittle
 v.  reduce or eliminate gradually, with knife; cut small bits off
Classic Sentence:
1  You're not going to sit around here and whittle store-boxes and tell stories all your life.
My Antonia By Willa Cather
Get Context   In BOOK 2. The Hired Girls: XII
2  He was clever at whittling and Wade was constantly by his side, for he whittled out toys for him, the only toys the little boy had.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXX
3  The inside of the store was almost like Bullard's store in Jonesboro, except that there were no loungers about the roaring red-hot stove, whittling and spitting streams of tobacco juice at the sand boxes.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVI
4  Archie sat on a stool by the hearth, his back against the fireplace, his cheek distended with tobacco, whittling industriously on a bit of wood.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLV
5  Archie's whittling annoyed her and she frowned at him.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLV
6  I see now that ragged black man sitting on a log, aimlessly whittling a stick.
The Souls of Black Folk By W. E. B. Du Bois
Get Context   In VIII
7  One of his legs was gone at the knee and to the stump was fitted a roughly whittled wooden peg.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXX
8  I went with Musgrave to his study and whittled myself this peg, to which I tied this long string with a knot at each yard.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In VI. The Adventure of The Musgrave Ritual
Example Sentence:
1  Their approach is to whittle away at the evidence to show reasonable doubt.
2  I believe that the Government's general aim is to whittle away the Welfare State.
3  We need to whittle down the list of guests for the party.
4  Don't whittle the stick into a short one.
5  Well, 120 hours of rehearsal footage was used to make two hours, like, yes, you could kind of whittle it down here.
6  There were empty dry goods boxes under the awnings, and loafers roosting on them all day long, whittling them with their Barlow knives.
7  Congress is whittling away at our freedom of speech.
8  He had whittled eight interviewees down to two.
9  The stick has been whittled down to a sharp point.