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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 unique role (for oneself), usually by excelling in a very specific area. I was able to carve out a niche at the farmers' market by selling something no one else was—dried beans. 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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Carver coached under Keegan, Ruud Gullit, Kenny Dalglish and Sir Bobby Robson at St JamesAE Park u and is still big mates with Robson.
Leer a Raymond Carver es tomar los binoculares y espiar a esa vecina que llora en su recamara.
Ever resourceful and never discouraged, Carver instructed a small group of students on how to collect materials--pots, pans, tubes, wire, etc.
In "The Aficionados" a man and woman talk obliquely about a coming event, and the story ends with a brutal surprise -- the same kind of surprise Carver says his teacher John Gardner warned him was a cheap trick, a lesson Carver said he accepted and took as his own law of fiction.
Denis Stevens edited both Carver motets (Collected Works, vol.
I have no particular enthusiasm for the current fashion for 'oral biographies' but it must be said that Sam Halpert's volume on Carver will give pleasure to all Carver addicts.
The problem is compounded by the exceptionally wide tessituras of some of the voice-parts (which Carver negotiated by periodically changing clefs).
Last July after the bulldozing incident, and under the local banner of the Nevada Plan for Public Lands, Commissioner Carver filed criminal charges against a Forest Service law-enforcement special agent who, with an agency district ranger, had come to protect a nearby slice of the Toiyabe Forest where Carver was preparing to open a closed road.
Carver is credited as a major force in the revitalization of the short story in the late 20th century.
Short cuts are simply not enough; the constant shifting of material taken from nine Carver stories calls attention to the director's cleverness but means that none of the stories gets told properly.
Carrie Carver said a stray bullet struck a large water tank, another bullet lodged in the side of a barbecue grill and, most recently, a bullet struck a house.
Carver Non-Woven Technologies will build a new manufacturing plant in Freemont, IN at which is will begin making nonwovens in July 2016.
MR John Carver is supposed to be the best coach out there.
Speculation had been rife that Carver could be dispensed with even at this late stage of the campaign in the wake of the Magpies' abject 3-0 defeat at Leicester on Saturday - their eighth straight Premier League defeat.