chip away

Madonna Halim

Senior Member
Arabic
"Take a man's memories and you take all of him. Chip away a memory at a time and you destroy him as surely as if you hammered nail after nail through his skull"
What does chip away mean here? take off?
Source: A quote by Mark Lawrence, in King of Thorns
 
  • tracer2

    Senior Member
    US English
    "Take a man's memories and you take all of him. Chip away a memory at a time and you destroy him as surely as if you hammered nail after nail through his skull"
    What does chip away mean here? take off?
    Source: A quote by Mark Lawrence, in King of Thorns
    Not "take off" exactly. More like "cut off"...like in the picture below. It shows a man "chipping away" at a stone surface with a tool and a hammer.

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