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verb [transitive] British chivvy pronunciation in American English /ˈtʃɪvi/
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present tense
present participlechivvying
past tensechivvied
past participlechivvied
  1. to try to persuade someone to do something or to hurry them, especially when they do not really feel like it
    chivvy someone into (doing) something: She chivvied me into buying a bigger car.
    chivvy someone along/up: We need someone dynamic to chivvy the team along.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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