Green’s Dictionary of Slang

chovey n.

also chovy
[ety. unknown]

1. [late 18C–19C] a shop; thus ann-chovey and man-chovey, the female and male shop assistant.

2. [mid-19C] (UK Und.) a cart.

In compounds

chovy-bouncing (n.) [bounce v.1 (5)]

[late 19C] (Aus. Und.) shoplifting.