chiseling

chisel

[chiz-uhl]
noun
1.
a wedgelike tool with a cutting edge at the end of the blade, often made of steel, used for cutting or shaping wood, stone, etc.
3.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Caelum.
verb (used with object), chiseled, chiseling or (especially British) chiselled, chiselling.
4.
to cut, shape, or fashion by or as if by carving with a chisel.
5.
to cheat or swindle (someone): He chiseled me out of fifty dollars.
6.
to get (something) by cheating or trickery: He chiseled fifty dollars out of me.
verb (used without object), chiseled, chiseling or (especially British) chiselled, chiselling.
7.
to work with a chisel.
8.
to trick; cheat.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Anglo-French, variant of Old French cisel < Vulgar Latin *cīsellus, diminutive of *cīsus, for Latin caesus, past participle of caedere to cut, with -ī- generalized from prefixed derivatives; cf. excide

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chisel (ˈtʃɪzəl)
 
n
1.  a.  a hand tool for working wood, consisting of a flat steel blade with a cutting edge attached to a handle of wood, plastic, etc. It is either struck with a mallet or used by hand
 b.  a similar tool without a handle for working stone or metal
 
vb , -els, -elling, -elled, -els, -eling, -eled
2.  to carve (wood, stone, metal, etc) or form (an engraving, statue, etc) with or as with a chisel
3.  slang to cheat or obtain by cheating
 
[C14: via Old French, from Vulgar Latin cīsellus (unattested), from Latin caesus cut, from caedere to cut]

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chisel
1323, from O.Fr. cisel, from V.L. *cisellum "cutting tool," from L. caesellum, dim. of caesus pp. of caedere "to cut" (see concise). Slang sense of "to cheat, defraud" is first recorded in 1808 as chizzel; origin and connection to the older word are obscure.
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