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verb as in cut carefully with sharp instrument

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Operating successfully in a competitive market, the website operators discovered tremendous growth opportunities for the business if a larger market share could be carved out.

India, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, and Indonesia are all deciding whether to try to carve out their own digital agendas or to act more as fence-sitters, playing China, the US, and the EU against one another.

Rivers can only carve out valleys if the water is running downhill.

The Tchambuli tended to put men in the role of artists who spent their days carving wooden masks and dancing, while the women fished and prepared food.

Such attempts to use information flows, in theory or practice, to carve nature at its joints are “the beginning of sketching out ideas and concepts that could be potentially foundational for new areas of biology,” Hoyal Cuthill said.

Al Qaeda has never managed to carve out a large chunk of real estate to call its own—in Afghanistan it was a guest of the Taliban.

Her new paradigm leads her to carve up shibboleths and heroes alike.

I sort of got lucky in that I was able to carve a niche for myself.

In Brazil, there was a microcosmic slice of the kind of public role he is attempting to carve.

Could it just be that prison itself conditions a sort of pavlovian reaction to carve chess pieces?

You could carve him to pieces without hearing a cheep, if he decided to keep his mouth shut.

A pair of carvers, laid with my cover, tell me that I shall have to carve the ham which is here eaten with the chicken.

Houdon then returned to France and proceeded to carve a Carrara marble statue of his subject.

The painter cannot put sounds upon a canvas, nor can the sculptor carve from marble an odor or a taste.

He was yet young, vigorous and ambitious, and with the help of heaven he would carve out his own fortune.


On this page you'll find 79 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to carve, such as: chisel, divide, engrave, etch, fashion, and hack.

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