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carve (2 first in S.; 3 only S.; cf. MINCE)
1. to form, fashion Ado II. iii. 18 “c-ing the fashion of a new doublet,” Shr. IV. iii. 89 “c-'d like an apple-tart.”
2. “Carve for himself,” indulge himself Ham. I. iii. 20; so “carve for his own rage” Oth. II. iii. 175.
3. to show great courtesy and affability (Schmidt) Wiv. I. iii. 47 “she discourses, she carves,” LLL. V. ii. 324 “He can carve too, and lisp.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 1.3
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