- to work upon (metal) with a cold chisel.
Origin of cold-chisel
First recorded in 1690–1700
- a steel chisel used on cold metal.
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Examples from the Web for 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
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.The Wouldbegoods
Both of the men set to work to find a blacksmith's cold-chisel, feeling and fumbling all over the disorderly shop.The Graysons
Through triple thicknesses of sacking, he struck a cold-chisel on the face of a rock.Smoke Bellew
- a toughened steel chisel
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