He volleyed as if he was using his racket to whittle wood, slicing this way and that and caressing the ball into submission.
After a bit of experimentation, Jill is able to whittle the problem down to four steps that always cause the same behavior.
Tory MPs will whittle the candidates down to two in a series of ballots starting on October 18.
The Americans of the volunteers joked about how whittling wood was an American habit.
It turns out it's whittling wooden figurines for schoolchildren.
Less exalted were the humble whittlers , and in between were joiners and cabinetmakers, who were the only woodworkers paid for their efforts.
With a jackknife, he whittled a point on a thin green stick pulled from a maple branch.
How many millions were spent whittling that piece of wet balsam, I've no idea; it means nothing and invites ridicule.
Excitedly, Vivienne raised her camera to capture the woman on film, then snapped some shots of an old man whittling a piece of wood.
And many people obviously rely on the good old Swiss Army knife or one of its derivatives for everything from trimming nails and opening bottles to putting in screws and whittling firesticks.