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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycarve up
he/she/itcarves up
present participlecarving up
past tensecarved up
past participlecarved up
  1. 1
    to divide something such as land between different people or countries, especially in a way that seems unfair

    They did not want to see a bunch of foreigners carve up their land.

  2. 2
    informal to attack and cut someone with a knife
  3. 3
    British informal to drive past another car that is traveling in the same direction as you and then move in front of it too soon
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