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    #1

    peck away at the edges?

    "this is a very hard problem, and I don't think I can do more than just peck away at the edges of the problem."

    "the call pecking away at the edges of my already frayed psyche."

    I don't understand what "peck away at the edges" means in these two sentences...

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    #2

    Re: peck away at the edges?

    Deal with little bits and pieces of it to reduce it, rather than get to grips with everything at once.

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    #3

    Re: peck away at the edges?

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Deal with little bits and pieces of it to reduce it, rather than get to grips with everything at once.
    Does "get to grips with" mean the same as "come to grips with"?

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    Re: peck away at the edges?

    Yes.

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