Definition of chivvy verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

chivvy

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪvi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪvi//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chivvy
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪvi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪvi//
 
he / she / it chivvies
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪviz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪviz//
 
past simple chivvied
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪvid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪvid//
 
past participle chivvied
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪvid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪvid//
 
-ing form chivvying
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪviɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪviɪŋ//
 
 
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chivvy somebody (into something/along) | chivvy somebody to do something to try and make somebody hurry or do something quickly, especially when they do not want to do it He chivvied them into the car. If you don’t chivvy the others along, we’ll never get there on time. Word Origin late 18th cent.: probably from the ballad Chevy Chase, celebrating a skirmish (probably the battle of Otterburn, 1388) on the Scottish border (but often mistakenly thought to be a place name). Originally a noun denoting a hunting cry, the term later meant ‘a pursuit’, hence the verb ‘to chase, worry’ (mid 19th cent.).
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