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cold chisel

a steel chisel used on cold metal.


[kohld-chiz-uh l] /ˈkoʊldˌtʃɪz əl/
verb (used with object), cold-chiseled, cold-chiseling or (especially British) cold-chiselled, cold-chiselling.
to work upon (metal) with a cold chisel.
Origin of cold-chisel
1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If the prisoner severs his fetters with an old nail, it is because he does not possess the luxury of a file or a "cold chisel."

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • You didn't cut collapsium with a cold chisel, or even an atomic torch.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • This end, too, is cut off, hardened and tempered as you did the cold chisel.

  • The matter of the cold chisel still remained to be thrashed out.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • Then we looked out a nice flagstone in the stable-yard, and we got a cold chisel out of the Dentist's toolbox, and began.

    The Wouldbegoods E. Nesbit
  • If there is any surplus lead, it can now be cut off, using the hammer and cold chisel.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
  • Mr. Swan sent him to a blacksmith's shop and had his shackles cut off with a cold chisel.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4 American Anti-Slavery Society
  • Tell the gardener to bring a mallet and cold chisel from the tool shed.

    Cursed by a Fortune George Manville Fenn
  • When the babbitt has cooled, break the box apart by driving a cold chisel between the two halves.

    Farm Engines and How to Run Them James H. Stephenson
  • With this and a cold chisel and a strong knife one can divide any roots in comfort.

    Wood and Garden Gertrude Jekyll
British Dictionary definitions for cold chisel

cold chisel

a toughened steel chisel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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