One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Slash someone with a knife or other sharp object.
- ‘I'm not gonna stick around waiting for him to get bored and carve me up.’
- ‘Actually, his relatives seem more interested in carving her up with a knife - and Daniel along with her.’
- ‘I'll go straight to wherever you're lying, asleep, and use that knife to carve you up.’
- ‘Does he ever worry he's been hired by a lunatic who has plans to carve him up into little pieces before the night is through?’
- ‘One never knows what'll trigger a guy to pull a knife and carve you up a bit.’
- ‘They're standing out there with long knives, waiting to carve you up and you had to justify everything you said.’
2Drive aggressively into the path of another driver while overtaking.‘I had to carve up a Volvo in order to follow him’
- ‘Next came a man who carved me up somewhere near Regent's Park in London.’
- ‘It's the online equivalent to blowing a whistle down the phone line when dealing with nuisance calls - or chasing a motorist for five miles after they've carved you up.’
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