chivy

chevy

[chev-ee] British.
verb (used with object), chevied, chevying.
1.
to chase; run after.
2.
to harass; nag; torment.
verb (used without object), chevied, chevying.
3.
to race; scamper.
noun, plural chevies.
4.
a hunting cry.
5.
a hunt, chase, or pursuit.
6.
the game of prisoner's base.
Also, chivvy, chivy.


Origin:
1775–85; perhaps short for Chevy Chase

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chivvy

[chiv-ee]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), chivvied, chivvying, noun, plural chivvies.
Also, chivy.
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chevy (ˈtʃɛvɪ)
 
n, —vb
a variant of chivy

chivy, (Brit) chivvy or (Brit) chevy (ˈtʃɪvɪ)
 
vb , chivies, chivying, chivied, chivvies, chivvying, chivvied, chevies, chevying, chevied
1.  (tr) to harass or nag
2.  (tr) to hunt
3.  (intr) to run about
 
n , chivies, chivying, chivied, chivvies, chivvying, chivvied, chevies, chevying, chevied, chivies, chivvies, chevies
4.  a hunt
5.  obsolete a hunting cry
 
[C19: variant of chevy, probably from Chevy Chase, title of a Scottish border ballad]
 
chivvy, (Brit) chivvy or (Brit) chevy
 
vb
 
n
 
[C19: variant of chevy, probably from Chevy Chase, title of a Scottish border ballad]
 
chevy, (Brit) chivvy or (Brit) chevy
 
vb
 
n
 
[C19: variant of chevy, probably from Chevy Chase, title of a Scottish border ballad]

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chivvy
"harass," 1918, from alt. form of chevy (1830) "to chase," from a noun chevy (1824, also used as a hunting cry, c.1785), from chevy chase "a running pursuit," probably from the "Ballad of Chevy Chase," popular song from 15c. describing a hunting party on the borderland that turned into a battle between
the English and the Scots (the incident probably late 14c.). The place is probably originally Cheviot Chase.
"The old song of Chevy-Chase is the favourite ballad of the common people of England, and Ben Jonson used to say, he had rather have been the author of it than of all his works." [Addison, "spectator" No. 70, May 21, 1711]

chevy
alt. form of chivvy (q.v.).
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