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be carved in stone

To be made permanent, typically of a plan or idea. We might get brunch next weekend, but nothing is carved in stone yet.
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carve (something) from (something)

To use a knife or other tool to carve a block or mass of some material, typically wood, into a desired shape. I'm always so impressed by artisans that can carve animal figures from blocks of wood.
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carve (something) in stone

To make something permanent and incapable of being changed, typically a plan or idea. We might get brunch next weekend, but we haven't carved anything in stone yet.
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carve (something) into (something)

1. To etch something into a particular surface or material. Don't carve your initials into your desk unless you want to get detention.
2. To use a knife or other tool to carve a block of some material, typically wood, into a desired shape. I'm always so impressed by artisans that can carve blocks of wood into beautiful animal figures.
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carve out

1. Literally, to remove the inner part of an object. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carve" and "out." The first step in this recipe is to carve out your fruit and dispose of the seeds. They made canoes by carving out big logs.
2. To establish a niche or role for oneself. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carve" and "out." It took a long time, and many small acting parts, before I was able to carve out a career as a character actor.
3. To take or obtain a portion of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carve" and "out." I decided to invest in their unique product because I could see it carving out a chunk of the tech market in the near future.
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carve up

1. To cut or divide something into smaller pieces. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carve" and "up." It's tradition for my dad to carve up the turkey. I think the project will feel less daunting if we carve it up into sections and each work on one.
2. To injure or damage someone or something by cutting. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carve" and "up." When that guy punched me in the face, his ring really carved me up. I hope I don't need stiches! That guy really carved up the side of my car when he sideswiped me.
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carved in stone

Permanently fixed or firmly established; incapable of being changed. Often used in the negative. The deal isn't yet carved in stone, but we're confident it will go ahead as hoped.
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carve (out) a niche

To establish a role for oneself, usually by excelling in a particular area. Our graphic designer really carved out a niche for himself with that series of innovative ads.
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carve someone or something up

to damage someone or something by careless or purposeful cutting (of a person, can be figurative). Someone carved the tabletop up. Who did it and why? The boxer wanted to carve up his opponent.
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carve something from something

to shape by cutting something off or out of something with a knife. Can you carve an elephant from a bar of soap?
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carve something in stone

Fig. to fix some idea permanently. No one has carved this one approach in stone; we have several options.
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carve something into something

 
1. and carve something in to cut letters or symbols into something. He carved his initials into a tree. He carved in the letters one by one.
2. to create a carved object by sculpturing raw material. Ken carved the apple into a tiny snowman.
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carve something out

to hollow something out by carving; to make something hollow by carving. Can he carve a bowl out of such soft wood? He carved out the bowl of the pipe and then began to sand it.
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carve something out (of something)

to remove something from the inside of something else by carving or cutting. She carved the insides out. She carved out the insides of the pumpkin.
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carve something up

to divide something up, perhaps carelessly. The peace treaty carved the former empire up into several countries. You can't just carve up one country and give the pieces away.
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carved in stone

 and engraved in stone; written in stone
Fig. permanent or not subject to change. (Often in the negative.) Now, this isn't carved in stone yet, but this looks like the way it's going to be. Is this policy carved in stone, or can it still be modified?
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carve a niche

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carve out a niche

COMMON If you carve a niche or carve out a niche for yourself, you create a role or opportunity for yourself, especially at work, by doing a particular thing very well. In time, he carved a niche for himself as a television commentator. Some have carved out a niche in New York City's highly competitive art market, charging as much as $40,000 for their pictures. Note: A niche is a hollow area that is made in a wall to display something such as a statue or an ornament.
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be carved (or set or written) in stone

be fixed and unchangeable.
The reference here is to the biblical Ten Commandments, written on tablets of stone by God and handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai (Genesis 31:18).
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be carved/set in ˈstone

(of a decision, plan, etc.) unable to be changed: People should remember that our proposals aren’t carved in stone.
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The carved bone is a visiting card of the Magadan region, along with gold and seafood.
The settee stands on four feet carved in the shape of an inverted and truncated trunk of an areca or bonga palm emanating from a quadrant at each corner carved with a section of an anahaw leaf.
I thought I could do it so I took some logs home and carved them but instead of leaving them rough I sanded them down, painted them and gave one to my mum and one to another relative.
After I carved my first two stocks I could not get enough and I knew that this was what I was meant to do with my life
Wiremu Puke carved a replica carving in totara wood of a wooden panel collected by Joseph Banks, botanist of Captain James Cook's first visit to New Zealand in 1769.
A NEW carved statue has become the centre piece of Kingsbury Water Park's woodland walk.
Bilani said that in the past, especially during the 1970s and '80s, every piece of furniture in the home was carved, including pieces for living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms.
This foreignness, the scarcity of fine carved examples on the art market--and bamboo's associations with the scholarly communities in China rather than with the emperors and their courts-has somehow contrived to deter most British people from building collections of carved Chinese bamboo.
There, he produces intricately carved doors and fine-art panels with everything from elaborate forest scenes carved into Douglas fir to highly abstract designs that show nothing but flowing texture and pattern.
Among the 185 carved gourds on display that year was one done by young Todd.
I like to follow what is happening in the news so I carved William and Kate into a melon to coincide with the royal wedding.
One of the pieces was this fine example of a Chinese carved ivory card case, pictured, which realised pounds 1,050.
Postal Service clerk, got into stone carving 15 years ago when a relative gave the Granada Hills man a dolphin carved from soapstone.
The carved pumpkin also known as the Jack-o-Lantern has become one of the most prominent symbols of Halloween.
Its carved trade name was made up of human Chinese figures shaped into letters.