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  • v. To hollow by carving.
  • v. To create (a reputation, chance, role, rank, career, victory) by hard work.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. establish or create through painstaking effort
  • v. remove from a larger whole


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  • The idea that nothing shall be wasted, and that each child must carve out for himself a career, is a thrice-blessed heritage.

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  • Nigel had taken the first opportunity of following his fellow-conspirator towards the lands, offices and commands William of Roumare had promised them, where able young men of martial achievements and small scruples could carve out a fatter future than in two modest Shropshire manors on the edge of the Long Forest.

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  • Did Margaret carve out those wishbones in the privacy of her bedroom, away from the prying eyes of her live-in help?

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  • One of the surgical students Thomas taught was Rowena Spencer, a white woman who faced great resistance because of her gender yet who, like Thomas, rose above the prevailing prejudice to carve out a legacy of her own.

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