carve out

  1. establish or create through painstaking effort
    She carved out a reputation among her male colleagues
  2. remove from a larger whole
    the new start-up company carved out a large chunk of the market within a year
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How To Use carve out In A Sentence

  • Officers used a digger to carve out a trench 10ft deep and 40ft long to get to the van. The Sun
  • Will the owners of townhouses carve out self-contained flats in the attic or the basement to avoid the annual toll? Times, Sunday Times
  • I feel hustle and bustle may be enough to inflict damage in the group stage but once the games become one-offs and we have to go the extra mile to carve out victories I feel we will be once again found lacking.
  • We're all just trying to carve out our niche. Times, Sunday Times
  • In the Bay Area alone, three companies are trying to carve out a niche in the casual clothing market.
  • The plan was to carve out an existence in the new country based on the pure and simple logic of freedom... well, that and Manifest Destiny and its messy imperialistic annihilation of the Native People but that's another article. Lorraine Devon Wilke: No, Virginia, There's No War on Christmas
  • Simpson, who grew up supporting Arsenal, still hopes to carve out a career at the Emirates and if he leaves wants Premier League football.
  • People scoffed at the idea that he could carve out a successful solo career. The Sun
  • The ones you carve out of marble.
  • He hopes to carve out a niche for himself as a leading researcher in his field of study.
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