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.
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.