- 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
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Examples from the Web for cobbled
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Like Tracks or The Promise, High Hopes has been cobbled together from castoffs.‘High Hopes’ Review: Bruce Springsteen Lowers the Bar
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Drag queens dressed like Gaga herself and groups in bishops cloaks kissed and hugged on the cobbled streets.Lady Gaga Angers the Pope
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He was very poor, and to support his family he 'cobbled' for his neighbors.Hidden Treasures
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From outside came a clatter of hoofs on the cobbled roadway.The Book of All-Power
Up the gray cobbled streets and away on the headlands, he would think of it.The Freelands
Sometimes, in the evening, he cobbled the boots or mended the kettle or his pit-bottle.Sons and Lovers
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Fish-scales glistened on the cobbled quays of the little port.Patsy
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- 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
Word Origin and History for cobbled
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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