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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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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 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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The carvings have been produced as part of celebrations marking the bi-centenary of Collingwood's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
Even those carvings that are recorded typically end up stored in an archives, out of sight of the general public.
During the June 15 show, Regis Philbin, guest host Jillian Barberie, and millions of viewers marveled at the innovative watermelon carvings.
Although a lot of wood products executives probably wish he would find a way to sell real spotted owls, Hill is selling hand-painted wood carvings.
Because Cinco Jotas is the official ham of the UEFA Champions League, Lopez also has the unique privilege of carving ham for Europe's famous football players and their guests.
The young Valasek once did a carving - in snow - of Auguste Rodin's well-known sculpture "The Thinker.
2 SECURE YOUR BIRD Ensure the turkey is on a carving board or platter suitable for the job as you don't want it sliding around whilst you are trying to carve it.
Among them are Lorne and Maria Lagoy, who have been teaching carving for many years in Leominster; Louis Dennis of Paxton, who teaches classes at the Doyle Conservation Center in Leominster and carved a spectacular life-size flight of Canada geese for the center; Jerry Grimes of Templeton, who said he carved his first item from driftwood found at the Quabbin Reservoir; Rona Balco of Bolton, who is building a diorama for the state Department of Fish and Game and M.
The practice of carving rocks flourished during the Neolithic period, between 4,000 and 6,000 years ago.
A GIANT stone carving of a head has taken shape in Middlesbrough's Stewart Park.
Fanatical Chelsea fan and chef David Loh has made a water melon carving to pay homage to the former Premiership manager.
Seeing the possibilities this new medium offered as a way of recording stories about the old ways and passing them on to others, Talirunili became one of the first Inuit in the area to try his hand at printmaking, an art form that involved carving an image in stone and using it to print copies of the original piece of art.