To create (a reputation, chance, role, rank, career, victory) by hard work.(verb)
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Use "carve out" in a sentence
"Nigel had taken the first opportunity of following his fellow-conspirator towards the lands, offices and commands William of Roumare had promised them, where able young men of martial achievements and small scruples could carve out a fatter future than in two modest Shropshire manors on the edge of the Long Forest."
"Did Margaret carve out those wishbones in the privacy of her bedroom, away from the prying eyes of her live-in help?"
"One of the surgical students Thomas taught was Rowena Spencer, a white woman who faced great resistance because of her gender yet who, like Thomas, rose above the prevailing prejudice to carve out a legacy of her own."