- 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 cobbling
Cobbling together free childcare or eldercare provided by relatives is commonplace because free is all they can afford.For Working Moms, One Sick Kid Can Spell Disaster
January 26, 2014
We had all to take to tailoring, sewing, mending, and cobbling.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
He had work to finish in the cobbling line; and besides he had no fancy for any bed but his own.The Golden Shoemaker
J. W. Keyworth
That you should leave your cobbling alone and be my assistant in the business.
When Pelle had eaten he was about to sit down to his cobbling.
Now the cobbler was as patient about fishing as he had been about cobbling.The Brown Fairy Book
- 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 cobbling
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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