Waists have been whittled, skin lightened, and breasts enhanced to ridiculous proportions.
The longlists are whittled down to shortlists of five during the intense all-day January board meeting.
The maintenance and cleaning services typically employed were whittled down tremendously a few months before the furloughs hit.
“I almost died twice today,” Shane exclaims, after beheading the snake with a pointed stick he whittled to a spear.
Contestants will then be whittled down until there is ultimately one winner – chosen by Rihanna.
"State yo' case," commanded the judge, as he tried the point of his splinter against his thumb to test its whittled sharpness.
The upper end was whittled so as to make a convenient handle for the user.
The second whittled the difference down to a question of not very important figures, on which Parliament must soon decide.
He took out his knife and whittled through the hoops of a barrel.
A wildly improbable development had been whittled down to a five-to-one chance.
1550s, "to cut thin shavings from (something) with a knife," from Middle English whittel "a knife" (c1400), variant of thwittle (late 14c.), from Old English þwitan "to cut," from Proto-Germanic *thwitanan (cf. Old Norse þveita "to hew"). Figurative sense is attested from 1746. Related: Whittled; whittling.