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As for me, I ask no help from any one: I go into the world and will carve out my own way.

Ambitious, light-hearted, he went to Africa to carve out a name in the army.

I shall have to carve out my own life, and I feel that I am as well able to do it as he was.

Could he not, indeed, carve out another kingdom for himself?

We cant all get married, so we have to carve out our careers.

You must carve out a holding for yourself, for you are a ruler of men by your face, lad.

But now I knew that I had no rank or inheritance, save what I should carve out for myself.

He wanted to carve out for himself a place of position and power.

"We wish to carve out our own destinies," said Anna-Felicitas.

I wonder I never had sufficient wit to carve out one like this before.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English ceorfan (class III strong verb; past tense cearf, past participle corfen) "to cut, cut down, slay; to carve, cut out, engrave," from West Germanic *kerfan (cf. Old Frisian kerva, Middle Dutch and Dutch kerven, German kerben "to cut, notch"), from PIE root *gerbh- "to scratch," making carve the English cognate of Greek graphein "to write," originally "to scratch" on clay tablets with a stylus.

Once extensively used, most senses now usurped by cut (v.). Meaning specialized to sculpture, meat, etc., by 16c. Related: Carved; carving. Original strong conjugation has been abandoned, but archaic carven lingers.

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