Definition of carve-up in English:



  • A ruthless division of something into separate areas or parts.

    ‘the carve-up of the brewing industry by vested interests’
    • ‘In return for playing a secondary role in the occupation other powers may hope to reap some of the rewards from the corporate carve-up.’
    • ‘Advertising executives had speculated that the two companies might discuss a carve-up of Aegis, which would be too large for Havas.’
    • ‘But the company is understood to have held a last-ditch meeting with the Competition Commission to argue its case thought to include a carve-up of a 479-store portfolio.’
    • ‘Alec has tried to find out what the proposed carve-up will be but the information has not been forthcoming from government.’
    • ‘What we have at the moment is a political carve-up, with Ministers exercising majority-rule within their own domains.’
    • ‘It used to be that state and territory treasurers slugged it out with the federal treasurer over the carve-up of the Commonwealth's tax cake.’
    • ‘Although it's meant to be a showcase of the best music around, in reality it's a carve-up between the major record companies.’
    • ‘A pre-ordained carve-up is impossible because the issue will be decided only when the existing 30 member clubs vote in a secret ballot, and clubs rarely reveal their true intentions, even to one another.’
    • ‘The carve-up of Leichhardt Council has been put on hold following a Land and Environment Court ruling.’
    • ‘But not everyone is happy with the carve-up of funds.’
    • ‘What the current negotiations are really about is the carve-up of contracts.’
    • ‘Now that the election is over, the carve-up has well and truly begun.’
    • ‘Furthermore, there appears to be little appetite for a company carve-up, right now.’
    • ‘It will be interesting to see who gets what in the jobs carve-up, but that won't distract from the terrible financials.’
    • ‘It was an almighty carve-up in which the knives were left on show.’
    • ‘Her father was a Royalist involved in the resistance against those who collaborated with the Germans during the Second World War over the carve-up of Yugoslavia.’
    • ‘But the real losers in such a carve-up would be the world's poorest.’
    • ‘If one of the three deals mooted last Friday goes ahead, the number of companies involved in the carve-up of the network will have dropped by nearly two-thirds since the early 1990s.’
    • ‘Trieste simultaneously became Italian and lost its livelihood with the carve-up of the Austro-Hungarian empire it had once serviced.’
    • ‘We do support it, if it is a merger, a partnership, and not a takeover or a carve-up.’