- to mend (shoes, boots, etc.); patch.
- to put together roughly or clumsily.
Origin of cobble1
First recorded in 1490–1500; apparently back formation from cobbler
- a cobblestone.
- cobbles, coal in lumps larger than a pebble and smaller than a boulder.
- a defect in a rolled piece resulting from loss of control over its movement.
- Slang.a piece showing bad workmanship.
- to pave with cobblestones.
Origin of cobble2
- New England, New York State, and New Jersey. (especially in placenames) a rounded hill.
Origin of cobble3
First recorded in 1885–95; perhaps < cobble2
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Examples from the Web for cobbles
The beast sprang forward, with a shower of sparks from the cobbles.Nicanor - Teller of Tales
C. Bryson Taylor
He stopped and stared down at me, tapping a sole on the cobbles.
There was a sound behind on the cobbles outside the kitchen door.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
I'd like to see you coming through our wood and across the cobbles.Moor Fires</p>
E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
The Plaza is paved with cobbles, which are disadvantageous for dancing.Northern Spain
Edgar T. A. Wigram
- coal in small rounded lumps
- short for cobblestone
- geology a rock fragment, often rounded, with a diameter of 64–256 mm and thus smaller than a boulder but larger than a pebble
- (tr) to pave (a road) with cobblestones
See also cobbles
C15 (in cobblestone): from cob 1
- to make or mend (shoes)
- to put together clumsily
C15: back formation from cobbler 1
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Word Origin and History for cobbles
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A rock fragment larger than a pebble and smaller than a boulder. Pebbles have a diameter between 64 and 256 mm (2.56 and 10.24 inches) and are often rounded.
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