Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

carve out

carve out
1) create or obtain something
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    • carve out a reputation for yourself
  • Analysis
    The phrasal verb carve out can mean to obtain a reputation or position by working hard. To carve out can also mean to remove something from a larger whole. To carve out can also mean to make designs or shapes by cutting out pieces of wood, stone or fruit for example. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. John has a nice job, house, and family. He's carved out a good life for himself.
    2. I managed to carve out an income by doing odd jobs.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Anne has managed to carve out an excellent reputation for herself at the law firm through her hard work and skillful handling of cases.
    2. The entrepreneur has put his success down to carving out a niche for himself in the industry. 
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