carve up

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Verb[edit]

carve up

  1. To cut into pieces.
  2. (country, land, etc.) To divide or dismember, separate into parts
    The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I.

Noun[edit]

carve up (plural carve ups)

  1. (informal) The act or instance of dishonestly prearranging the result of a competition.
  2. (slang) The distribution of something, as of money or booty.