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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cold work
Historical Examples
  • It will be cold work, boys, but it may bring success, and thanks from our commander.

    How Canada was Won F. S. Brereton
  • It was cold work raising the sail, and we were glad to be marching.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • It was cold work, but he had no boat, and so there was nothing else he could do.

    The Boy Trapper Harry Castlemon
  • 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
  • Waiting for wild duck coming into the "spring" on a frosty night is cold work, but very good fun.

    A Cotswold Village J. Arthur Gibbs
  • It was cold work poling and paddling down the river, with the current, but against a head wind.

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Edmund Lester Pearson
  • It was hard, cold work, but they got it done—the mattress stuffed into the hole and the scantling shoring it up.

    The U-boat hunters

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

  • When the fortnight's cold work was done, the Stoltzfoos Farm was like nothing seen before on Murna.

    Blind Man's Lantern Allen Kim Lang
  • Glad enough was I of its warmth, for it is cold work riding bound through the frost.

    A Prince of Cornwall Charles W. Whistler
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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