English version

carve somebody/something ↔ up

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcarve somebody/something ↔ up phrasal verb1 to divide land, a company etc into smaller parts and share it between people – used especially to show disapproval The Ottoman Empire was carved up by Britain and France after World War I. The two companies are attempting to carve up a large slice of America’s publishing industry between them.2 British English informal to drive past a car and then suddenly move in front of it so that you are too close carve→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
carve upThey would carve the world up into principalities and then there would be war again.
carve-upˈcarve-up noun [singular] informal  SHAREan arrangement between two or more people, governments etc by which they divide something among themselves even though this is wrong
Examples from the Corpus
carve-upNone of the recent legislation and carve-up of countryside bodies by the present regime holds anything of good for the public.
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Verb table
carve
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theycarve
he, she, itcarves
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theycarved
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave carved
he, she, ithas carved
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad carved
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill carve
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have carved
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam carving
he, she, itis carving
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you, we, theyare carving
Past
I, he, she, itwas carving
you, we, theywere carving
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been carving
he, she, ithas been carving
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been carving
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be carving
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been carving
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