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A deep-bodied freshwater fish, typically with barbels around the mouth. Carp are farmed for food in some parts of the world and are often kept in large ponds.
- ‘There are already rumours of anglers catching barbel and carp well downstream of the tidal limits of the river.’
- ‘I came across two guys fishing, one of whom was playing a large fish which obviously was a carp.’
- ‘When water levels subside and water stops flowing from the Main Pool, the carp disperse.’
- ‘The big main lake in front of us has nearly eight hundred carp plus some orfe and tench.’
- ‘Six ducks and 5,000 grass and silver carp have been introduced into the reborn lake to conserve its ecology.’
- ‘These fish were very close to the wild form of the carp found naturally in the River Danube.’
- ‘It presently holds excellent stocks of carp, rudd, perch, pike and tench.’
- ‘Again there are good fish in this section with some very big carp and chub.’
- ‘Suddenly a large carp jumps out of the pond and they are both very excited.’
- ‘This venue is good for carp, crucians and mullet; it is also one of the prime catfish venues.’
- ‘The client also wanted a fish eagle with a carp in its talons.’
- ‘Experts will try to net all the native carp, bream and tench in the lake and take them to a fish farm before putting the poison into the water.’
- ‘The European carp and trout have driven many native species of fish from our streams.’
- ‘It works when they're right, but it stinks like a dead carp when they're wrong.’
- ‘Fishing a small Kennet side stream I spotted a carp cruising around in a small bay.’
- ‘Club matches have been won with nearly 20 lb of small fish including carp, tench, skimmers, perch and orfe.’
- ‘One species, the silver carp, is known to jump completely out of the water when a boat passes, in some cases injuring passengers.’
- ‘Other fish, such as the black carp and mud carp, foraged in sediments at the bottom of the pond.’
- ‘All species feed well in the spring but the two that really start feeding are carp and tench.’
- ‘The plants have all died and we have lost 22 carp fish from our pond.’
Late Middle English: from Old French carpe, from late Latin carpa.
Complain or find fault continually about trivial matters:‘I don't want to carp about the way you did it’
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- ‘Your typical correspondent carps about a mistranslation, a geographical inaccuracy, an obscure word obscurely misused.’
- ‘He should continue building on this fine work rather than carping on about injustices that don't exist.’
- ‘‘She's the first step to selling out the sport,’ one critic carped in an online discussion group.’
- ‘It might seem carping to find fault in such a dazzling and fully realized novel.’
- ‘Some of it is carping, but this paragraph raises an alarm bell that also went off in my head when I first read it.’
- ‘It's a fantastic achievement - and one in the eye for those who have carped and cavilled about the underperformance of Great Britain's competitors in Athens.’
- ‘From the live video, he looks like a little puppy dog, who will have parents across Europe carping, ‘get your hair cut’.’
- ‘She comes into the organisation and just carps, whinges, and whines.’
- ‘Some critics carped about the fact that a film set in 1956 used a song that was released in 1958 for its theme.’
- ‘He carps constantly that, because others were duped, he shouldn't be blamed.’
- ‘And the rest of the time she carped, criticized, verbally and sometimes physically abused her adopted son while fawning obnoxiously over his ‘perfect’ sister.’
- ‘I just quickly did a little skim through the OZ's website and they are STILL carping on about Media Watch over there.’
- ‘I've made a concerted effort to ignore most of the carping from the press over the last week.’
- ‘The critics carped and said it would take us a century to catch up with the internet population in the US.’
- ‘Her critics have carped about the book-jacket, made allegations of sloppiness and even made fun of her hair.’
- ‘It seems a bit carping to criticize people for maintaining and restoring old buildings.’
- ‘There may be carping and dissatisfaction at lower levels but the two continue to enjoy a good personal relationship.’
- ‘In reviewing such a wide-ranging and successful study, calls for still more work are bound to sound carping.’
- ‘I have a few quibbles with it but will withhold carping until all three chapters have appeared.’
- ‘In this debate we will hear a lot of whingeing, whining, carping, snivelling, and grizzling from the opposition.’
Middle English (in the sense ‘talk, chatter’): from Old Norse karpa brag; later influenced by Latin carpere pluck at, slander.
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