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

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

    The Maids of Paradise Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
  • 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 E. Nesbit
  • Queer kind of break; looks like you'd pried the link apart with a cold-chisel.

    Behind the Line Ralph Henry Barbour
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for cold-chisel

cold chisel

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