eat away at

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "eat away at":
present tense I/you/we/they eat away at he/she/it eats away at present participle eating away at past tense ate away at past participle eaten away at
to make someone feel more and more unhappy or worried

You could see that jealousy was eating away at her.


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