Identical twins are like that, always trying to carve out individuality.
Her concern was more that the theatrical bloodline was one she could never escape to carve out her own niche.
The territory of intimacy and imagination, night can also carve out a refuge from the never-ending responsibilities of the day.
The whole purpose of “Turn the Gays Away” was to carve out religious exemptions to civil rights laws.
It pauses the careening jumble of events to carve out moments of stillness.
The idea that nothing shall be wasted, and that each child must carve out for himself a career, is a thrice-blessed heritage.
I shall have to carve out my own life, and I feel that I am as well able to do it as he was.
He can take a pen-knife and a board, and carve out anything he may desire to make.
Could he not, indeed, carve out another kingdom for himself?
At his father's death, therefore, he set to work to carve out a career for himself.
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.
To give one a thrill; send: He carves me. Does he carve you? (1930s+ Jive talk)
The arts of engraving and carving were much practised among the Jews. They were practised in connection with the construction of the tabernacle and the temple (Ex. 31:2, 5; 35:33; 1 Kings 6:18, 35; Ps. 74:6), as well as in the ornamentation of the priestly dresses (Ex. 28:9-36; Zech. 3:9; 2 Chr. 2:7, 14). Isaiah (44:13-17) gives a minute description of the process of carving idols of wood.