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cold-chisel

[kohld-chiz-uh l]
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verb (used with object), cold-chis·eled, cold-chis·el·ing or (especially British) cold-chis·elled, cold-chis·el·ling.
  1. to work upon (metal) with a cold chisel.
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Origin of cold-chisel

First recorded in 1690–1700

cold chisel

noun
  1. a steel chisel used on cold metal.
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Examples from the Web for cold-chisel

Historical Examples

  • Let us pray, my friend, for a cold-chisel—when my friend Buckhurst returns.

    The Maids of Paradise

    Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers

  • The beaver works with the cold-chisel, and a few clean strokes suffice to level a four-inch bole.

    From Sea to Sea

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Then we looked out a nice flagstone in the stable-yard, and we got a cold-chisel out of the dentist's tool-box, and began.

  • Both of the men set to work to find a blacksmith's cold-chisel, feeling and fumbling all over the disorderly shop.

    The Graysons

    Edward Eggleston

  • Through triple thicknesses of sacking, he struck a cold-chisel on the face of a rock.

    Smoke Bellew

    Jack London


British Dictionary definitions for cold-chisel

cold chisel

noun
  1. a toughened steel chisel
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