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Carve Out

Definition of the verb carve out

What does carve out mean as a doing phrase?


  1. establish or create through painstaking effort
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic word: create = bring into existence
  2. remove from a larger whole
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

Alternative definition of the verb carve out


  1. To hollow by carving.
  2. [idiomatic] To create (a reputation, chance, role, rank, career, victory) by hard work.

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Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of the Civil War (2011)

by William L. Barney

The shortage of personnel in the traditionally maledominated medical profession was so great that women were able to carve out ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory (2010)

by David Herman, Manfred Jahn, Marie-Laure Ryan

Story prefaces do more than simply carve out a place for a story within an unfolding course of talk. Consider the following example from the same occasion. Here Wes and Virginia discuss Beth's excessive drinking. pt! You know the other ...

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Step 3 - Carve out minor detail

This takes time, since you don't want to take off too much.

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I think it's a bigger risk following a part that plays up your looks than it is to try and carve out a career as an actor. (Jude Law)
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