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whittling

[hwit-ling, wit-] /ˈʰwɪt lɪŋ, ˈwɪt-/
noun
1.
the act of a person who whittles.
2.
Often, whittlings. a bit or chip whittled off.
Origin of whittling
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15; whittle + -ing1
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  • "Well, it's all over now," said Jeff, and he rose up and brushed the whittlings from his knees.

  • She wanted to see how it would seem, for once, not to have any litter of whittlings, of strings and marbles and tops!

    The Very Small Person Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • At the name of the owner of the beautiful plantation the man who had not yet spoken rose, covered with whittlings.

    Bonaventure

    George Washington Cable
  • Then it got along, after having inspected the whittlings at the feet of the friends to decide whether they were edible.

    Imaginary Interviews W. D. Howells
  • "No," answered Shorty, as he rubbed the whittlings from his plug to powder in the hollow of his hand.

  • Heise the harness-maker stood in the vestibule of his shop, a bundle of whittlings in his apron of greasy ticking.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • And Shorty handed him his pipe, which he had just refilled with whittlings of black "navy plug."

British Dictionary definitions for whittlings

whittlings

/ˈwɪtlɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
chips or shavings whittled off from an object
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