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[kohld-wurk] /ˈkoʊldˌwɜrk/
verb (used with object)
to work (metal) at a temperature below that at which recrystallization occurs.
Origin of cold-work
First recorded in 1930-35
Related forms
cold-working, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It would have been cold work to men less actively engaged; but skating and trapping warms your blood well.

  • It was cold work raising the sail, and we were glad to be marching.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • But little Mari, who loved her father very tenderly, kept thinking of the hard, cold work before him.

  • The University is a cold work of Herrera—the coldest of Spanish architects.

  • It was cold work, but he had no boat, and so there was nothing else he could do.

    The Boy Trapper Harry Castlemon
  • It is cold work, pacing the ramparts so many hours of the night, if one has no good liquor to warm one's heart.'

    The Mysteries of Udolpho Ann Radcliffe
  • It was cold work poling and paddling down the river, with the current, but against a head wind.

    Theodore Roosevelt Edmund Lester Pearson
  • The choir, taken by itself, may be a cold work, but the sublimity of its setting places it beyond criticism.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • Grettir answered, "This is a cold work and a manly, but I deem it ill to trust in the mare, for I know none who has done it yet."

    The Story of Grettir The Strong Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris
  • cold work it was too in the early winter mornings to wash him down, groom him and keep the saddlery and accoutrements in order.

British Dictionary definitions for cold work

cold work

the craft of shaping metal without heat
verb (transitive)
to shape (metal) in this way
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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