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The ClueUndermine gradually (5 letter answer)
NotesThe answer ERODE is seen frequently, appearing about once every 50 puzzles.
Chip away at
Eat away at
Run to seed
Scrape away at
Subject to ablation
Be slowly destroyed
Decay or vanish gradually
Slip away, as support
DefinitionERODE as a verb:
1. (erode, gnaw, gnaw at, eat at, wear away) = become ground down or deteriorate; "Her confidence eroded"
2. (erode, eat away, fret) = remove soil or rock; "Rain eroded the terraces"