It's a British-ism.
- (transitive) To vex or harass with petty attacks.
- (transitive) To maneuver or secure gradually.
- (intransitive) To scurry.
It's sometimes spelled with one 'v', but as the pronunciation rhymes with 'civil', and there is a 'hard' 'ch', I prefer to spell it as I show.
The etymology is: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.