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British Dictionary definitions for carve up

carve up

verb (tr, adverb)
  1. to cut (something) into pieces
  2. to divide or dismember (a country, land, etc)
noun carve-up
  1. informal an act or instance of dishonestly prearranging the result of a competition
  2. slang the distribution of something, as of booty
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