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    “The truth is that many of their assumptions about the underlying causes of extremism are flawed. Every fresh terrorist attack “chips away” the idea that foreign policy and socio-economic factors are the sole drivers of Islamist extremism, making the Muslim default position more untenable.” I think the meaning of “chips away” in the above is “to lessen the effect”, “to weaken”. And the “Muslim default” here means cause due to Muslims. Please clarify and confirm.

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    Re: chip away

    Chip away- lessen, weaken little by little
    Default position- the standard position they use as an argument/defence

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    Re: chip away

    (There's a missing 'at' in the original.)

    Every fresh terrorist attack chips away at the idea...
    Explanation: there is an idea; each attack does not refute it entirely, but weakens it in a small but progressive way - it 'chips away at' it.


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