carve up


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carve up

vb (tr, adverb)
1. to cut (something) into pieces
2. to divide or dismember (a country, land, etc)
n
3. informal an act or instance of dishonestly prearranging the result of a competition
4. slang the distribution of something, as of booty
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.carve up - separate into parts or portions; "divide the cake into three equal parts"; "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"
change integrity - change in physical make-up
subdivide - divide into smaller and smaller pieces; "This apartment cannot be subdivided any further!"
initialise, initialize, format - divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data; "Please format this disk before entering data!"
sectionalise, sectionalize - divide into sections, especially into geographic sections; "sectionalize a country"
triangulate - divide into triangles or give a triangular form to; "triangulate the piece of cardboard"
unitise, unitize - divide (bulk material) and process as units
lot - divide into lots, as of land, for example
parcel - divide into parts; "The developers parceled the land"
sliver, splinter - divide into slivers or splinters
paragraph - divide into paragraphs, as of text; "This story is well paragraphed"
canton - divide into cantons, of a country
Balkanise, Balkanize - divide a territory into small, hostile states
Translations

w>carve up

vt sep
meataufschneiden; (surgeon)aufschneiden; bodyzerstückeln
(fig) inheritanceverteilen; countryaufteilen, zerstückeln; area of town etczerreißen, auseinanderreißen
(inf, with knife) person(mit dem Messer) böse zurichten (inf); to carve up somebody’s facejdm das Gesicht zerfetzen
(inf, driver) → schneiden
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