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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 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 out something

also carve something out
1. to create a reputation, rank, or job through skillful activities She carved out a reputation for herself as a high-powered lawyer.
2. to get a part of something Those companies carved out a sizable share of the imported pasta market.
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carve up something

also carve something up
to divide something into parts The new owner carved up the company and sold off several divisions. Local leaders have carved up the forest and turned the land over to a company that built homes on it.
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be carved/set in stone

if an arrangement, a plan, or a rule is set in stone, it is completely fixed so that it cannot be changed (usually negative) The rules aren't set in stone; they can be altered to suit changing circumstances. These are just a few ideas to be discussed - nothing is carved in stone.
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1 -- 2 -- color) Above, instructor Ted Garcia carves a rock during a stone carving workshop at the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center on Sunday.
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Local stores sell special carving kits that include small serrated saws which are less likely to get stuck in the pumpkin and are not sharp enough to cause a deep injury.
Bringing 3D carving to the cloud enables our customers to go directly from design to small-scale production with the push of a button," CEO and founder Zach Kaplan said.
Volunteers at Kingsbury Water Park with the new carving
SIDON, Lebanon: Fouad Bilani's mallet has been busy carving up wood for over four decades while the skills that he has grown to master are being chipped away by modern machines that are beginning to dominate the field.
Charpentier took up carving at age 7 at his family farm in St.
There was a time in Joe Valasek's artistic life when he vowed he would never use power tools to make a wood carving.
Nazir has been carving wood for more than twenty five years now.
CARVE up a treat this Christmas with one of four Kitchen Devils Carving Sets we have to give away.
To the Chinese, carving is a very important art form and has been for thousands of years.
The book covers such subjects as safety, selection of tools, other helpful items used in carving, sharpening, knife and gouge practice, and step-by-step instructions for carving a small dog, a boot, and a three-piece Nativity set.
After reading about Jon Allie carving his name fight into Jake Phelps' desk, I then decided that more plain and boring surfaces should have some decorative carvings on them.