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22 June

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How do you use the phrase "carve out something" on a daily basis? (context down below)

I came across the phrase "WE HAVE TO CARVE OUT SOME ROOM" because they needed to fire some people. Plus, the problem here was not about the "physical space" per se, but rather, they were going through financial problems, so they needed to cut the budget.
I mean, this seems like some sort of euphemism (if I'm not mistaken) but I don't understand why the boss wants to "carve some room"... I mean, does he want to "cut out some metaphorical space" (like when you carve a chicken) or does he want to "create more space" (like carving wood)?. I hope it makes sense.. thank you for your help!
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