Definition of Carve up
1. Verb. Separate into parts or portions. "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"
Generic synonyms: Change Integrity
Specialized synonyms: Subdivide, Format, Initialise, Initialize, Sectionalise, Sectionalize, Triangulate, Unitise, Unitize, Lot, Parcel, Sliver, Splinter, Paragraph, Canton, Balkanise, Balkanize
Derivative terms: Divider, Divider, Divider, Divisible, Division, Split
Definition of Carve up
1. Verb. To cut into pieces. ¹
2. Verb. (context: country, land, etc.) To divide or dismember, separate into parts ¹
3. Noun. (informal) The act or instance of dishonestly prearranging the result of a competition. ¹
4. Noun. (slang) The distribution of something, as of money or booty. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Lexicographical Neighbors of Carve Up
Literary usage of Carve up
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Report of the Railway Accounting Officers by Association of American Railroads Accounting Division (1888)
"In my experience the most important thing he should not do, and I repeat not, is to attempt to carve up or allocate all expenses between various services ..."
2. The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind by Herbert George Wells (1922)
"... understood anything of the sort, and thought themselves as free to carve up the world as one is free to carve up such a boneless structure as a cheese. ..."
3. War Crimes in Bosnia-Hercegovina by Helsinki Watch (Organization : U.S.), Ivana Nizich (1992)
"4, and Judy Dempsey, "Bosnian Carve-Up in the Making," The Financial Times, July 8, 1992. 2 Judy Dempsey, "Bosnian Carve-Up in the Making," The Financial ..."
4. Revised Record of the Constitutional Convention of the State of New York by William H. Steele, Charles Elliott Fitch (1900)
"you undertake to carve up the State in this manner, beginning at either end of the ... And would you carve up the State into square districts or oblong ..."
5. The Modern English Verb-adverb Combination by Arthur Garfield Kennedy (1920)
"... build up (a residence district), bung up (in the phrase all bunged up), cake up, carve up, char up, clean up, clear up, clog up, cloud up, clutter up, ..."
6. The History of the Balkan Peninsula: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day by Ferdinand Schevill (1922)
"However, on the morrow of the capture of the metropolis on the Bosporus, the elated conquerors sat down to carve up the defeated state, and after commercial ..."