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Definition of carve-up in English:

noun

[in singular] British informal
A ruthless division of something into separate areas or parts: the carve-up of the brewing industry by vested interests
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  • Trieste simultaneously became Italian and lost its livelihood with the carve-up of the Austro-Hungarian empire it had once serviced.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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