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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: Chevy Chase, place near the border between England and Scotland where a battle was fought in 1388

chivvy

verb
     
chiv‧vy , chivy past tense and past participle chivvied, present participle chivvying, third person singular chivvies [transitive] British English informal
to try to make someone do something more quickly, especially in an annoying way
chivvy somebody along/up
Go and see if you can chivvy the kids up a bit.

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