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English definition of “carve sth up”

carve sth up

disapproving
verb [I or T] uk phrasal verb with carve   /kɑːv/ us    /kɑːrv/
to divide something into smaller parts: The Nazi-Soviet pact carved up the Baltic states in 1939.Separating and dividing
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