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be carved in stone

To be made permanent, typically of a plan or idea. Primarily heard in UK. 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 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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Carver, 31, of Heol Cadifor, Penlan, Swansea, pleaded guilty to a long list of offences related to the police chase last month, including failing to give a specimen of breath, driving dangerously, driving while disqualified and without insurance.
Asked if everyone was playing for their futures Carver said: "We all are and that's why I was a bit astonished when people came out and talked about us being on the beach and wearing flip flops.
If Carver can take 24 points from this final stretch, which is half the points available, that would get him to a total 51, two better than last year, an improvement of ten from the season before that and five better than the club's first back after relegation.
When the sergeant reached the car, he saw that Vale had shot himself, Carver said.
By focusing on untapped markets in Harlem, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, New York, Wright has taken Carver, the nation's largest black-operated publicly traded bank, off life support.
We're very pleased to be able to contribute our expertise and to work with Apollo, Carver and the community to help increase local participation in the jobs created by Apollo's development activities," said Lucille McEwen.
Without the sustained narratives that undergird his prose collections, Carver becomes a sentimental fatalist.
A collective biography, Remembering Ray offers testimony from 43 people--friends, students, colleagues, and readers--who knew or read Carver at various stages of his lite.
Carver of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif.
WHEN: Monday, March 19th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM WHERE: Carver Bank, 142 Malcolm X Boulevard at 117th Street, New York, New York WHAT: Merrill Lynch and Carver Bancorp, Inc.
JOHN Carver says he does not feel the need to apologise to the Newcastle United fans who held a verbal exchange with him during the 3-2 loss to Swansea City.
In late 2004, New York City-based Carver Federal Savings, which is held by Carver Bancorp Inc.
In a joint statement, Carver President and CEO Deborah C.