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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.
    • 2016 November 10, Nick Robinson, “Robinson's view: Blair's defeat”, in BBC News[1]:
      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.
    • 2016 April 24, “The Albert Sessions”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[2]:
      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.
    • 1934, George Orwell, Burmese Days, Chapter 18, [3]
      He rode slowly towards them with a sulky expression on his face, chivvying the polo-ball with small strokes.
    to chivvy the fox

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chivvy ‎(plural chivvies)

  1. A goad.
    • 2016 September 23, “Web payback for delayed commuters”, in BBC News[4]:
      It's just there to act as a chivvy to London Underground.
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