- 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 cobble
Just cobble it together, plonk it on your head, and smile a lot.Flower Crowns Are Phony and Must Die
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A couple years ago, I was walking one weekday morning down Court Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn and came upon Robin Williams.When I Met Robin Williams in Afghanistan
August 20, 2014
If only the Dems or the Reps could cobble one or two together out back in the shed.Hey, Boomers—Millennials Hate Your Partisan Crap
July 10, 2014
The Lees were the 1st Black Family to move into the predominantly Italian-American Brooklyn Neighborhood of Cobble Hill.Spike Lee Blasts The New York Times’ Story on Brooklyn Gentrification in Fiery Op-Ed
March 31, 2014
He could call new elections, but he will more likely call on Renzi to cobble together a government where Letta failed.Florentine Mayor Matteo Renzi to Lead Italy
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One wheel struck a cobble stone, and the buggy lurched horribly.Chip, of the Flying U
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The Americans started to cross from Cobble hill, on the ice.The Military Journals of Two Private Soldiers, 1758-1775
I'm a bad sewer, but I dare say I'd manage to cobble up something.The Leader of the Lower School
In a few days, the whole home-life on top of the Cobble centred around them.Wild Folk
I can perceive all things in about the same way that I can see all cobble stones.The Positive Outcome of Philosophy
- 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 cobble
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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