carve-up

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  • noun a swindle or conspiracy that ruins one’s chances. A rueful London working-class term probably inspired by a greedy carving up of a chicken or joint of meat and the use of carve to mean slash (someone) with a knife. The word was especially popular in the 1950s.
  • noun a sharing-out of loot or booty. A term used by criminals and police officers, especially in London.
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