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or chivy

[chiv-ee] /ˈtʃɪv i/
verb (used with or without object), chivvied, chivvying, noun, plural chivvies.
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Therefore, whenever we meet, I chivvy the conversation in the direction of horseflesh.

    Berry And Co. Dornford Yates
  • Surely they need not chivvy 'bints' in the bazaar, and officers educated in London could know better.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • Theres free passes up to the Sudden Death Establishment, and a photo-man to take your chivvy when youre passing in your checks.

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
  • Yer ain't sich a bad sort as yer look—an' Gawd knows yer didn't make yer own chivvy!

Word Origin and History for chivvy

"harass," 1918, from alternative form of chevy (1830) "to chase," from a noun chevy (1824, also used as a hunting cry, c.1785), from chevy chase "a running pursuit," probably from the "Ballad of Chevy Chase," popular song from 15c. describing a hunting party on the borderland that turned into a battle between the English and the Scots (the incident probably late 14c.). The place is probably originally Cheviot Chase.

The old song of Chevy-Chase is the favourite ballad of the common people of England, and Ben Jonson used to say, he had rather have been the author of it than of all his works. [Addison, "spectator" No. 70, May 21, 1711]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chivvy



To harry and annoy; badger; bug, hassle

[1821+; perhaps fr Chevy Chase, site of a skirmish between the English and the Scots, which came to mean ''a running pursuit'' in Yorkshire dialect; chivy came to mean ''pursue'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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