来自15世纪的一首民谣Ballad of Chevy Chase，反映的是英格兰和苏格兰的一场最终演变成战争的打猎活动。地名Chevy词义也发生了变化。
- chivvy (v.)
- "harass," 1918, from alternative 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]
- 1. Jovial ladies chivvy you into ordering more than you can eat!
- 2. I shall come down your burrow and chivvy you out like an old stoat.
- 3. Most members of Parliament did not chivvy the government into action.
- 4. We'll have to chivvy the children up about their school work.
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