noun[in singular] British • informal
- A ruthless division of something into separate areas or parts: the carve-up of the brewing industry by vested interestsMore example sentences
- 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.