[kohld-chiz-uh l]

verb (used with object), cold-chis·eled, cold-chis·el·ing or (especially British) cold-chis·elled, cold-chis·el·ling.

to work upon (metal) with a cold chisel.

Origin of cold-chisel

First recorded in 1690–1700

cold chisel


a steel chisel used on cold metal. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cold-chisel

Historical Examples of cold-chisel

  • 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


a toughened steel chisel
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