Having each some shingles of thought well dried, we sat and whittled them, trying our knives, and admiring the clear yellowish grain of the pumpkin pine.
It passed its second reading, but was considerably whittled down in committee, and when eventually it became law it only partially represented its sponsor's intentions.
whittled away, they have lost their grip over the people.
whittled the longlist down to a shortlist, and the five eventual winners are unveiled today.
The three tables that started were gradually whittled down to a final table, producing a few surprises along the way.