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work-harden

[wurk-hahrd-n]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to toughen or strengthen (a metal) by cold-working or another mechanical process.
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British Dictionary definitions for work-harden

work-harden

verb
  1. (tr) to increase the strength or hardness of (a metal) by a mechanical process, such as tension, compression, or torsion
Derived Formswork-hardening, noun
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