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chivvy (third-person singular simple present chivvies, present participle chivvying, simple past and past participle chivvied)

  1. To subject to harassment or verbal abuse.
    • 2005 10 November, Nick Robinson, “Robinson's view: Blair's defeat”, BBC News:
      For 11 years now he has only one approach - to lead from the front and then to confront, challenge, and chivvy the Labour Party into backing him.
  2. To coerce, as by persistent request.
    • 2007 24 April, “The Albert Sessions”:
      We don't have time to respond to emails or any attempts to chivvy us up - sorry.
  3. To sneak up on or rapidly approach.
  4. To pursue as in a hunt.
    to chivvy the fox

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chivvy (plural chivvies)

  1. A goad.