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chiv·vyor chiv·y (chĭv′ē)
v. chiv·vied, chiv·vy·ing, chiv·vies or chiv·ied or chiv·y·ing or chiv·ies
1. To vex or harass with petty attacks: political opponents who chivvied the senator.
2. To maneuver or secure gradually: "had spent two weeks chivvying this division toward combat readiness" (Tom Clancy).
n. pl. chiv·vies or chiv·ies
1. A hunt or chase.
2. A hunting cry.
[Variant of chevy, a hunt, hunting cry, from Chevy Chase, title of a ballad about a border skirmish, from Cheviot Chase, a large unenclosed hunting tract in the Cheviot Hills.]
vb, chivies, chivying, chivied, chivvies, chivvying, chivvied, chevies, chevying or chevied
1. (tr) to harass or nag
2. (tr) to hunt
3. (intr) to run about
n, pl chivies, chivvies or chevies
4. (Hunting) a hunt
5. (Hunting) obsolete a hunting cry
[C19: variant of chevy, probably from Chevy Chase, title of a Scottish border ballad]
Past participle: chivied
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|Verb||1.||chivy - annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"|
needle, goad - goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; "He needled her with his sarcastic remarks"
annoy, devil, gravel, irritate, nark, rile, vex, nettle, rag, bother, chafe, get at, get to - cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
bedevil, dun, rag, torment, frustrate, crucify - treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
haze - harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions