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- To subject to harassment or verbal abuse.
2005 10 November, Nick Robinson, “Robinson's view: Blair's defeat”, BBC News:
- For 11 years now he has only one approach - to lead from the front and then to confront, challenge, and chivvy the Labour Party into backing him.
- To coerce, as by persistent request.
2007 24 April, “The Albert Sessions”:
- We don't have time to respond to emails or any attempts to chivvy us up - sorry.
- To sneak up on or rapidly approach.
- To pursue as in a hunt.
- to chivvy the fox
chivvy (plural chivvies)