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chisel

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɪz(ə)l
 
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Definition of chisel in English:

noun

A long-bladed hand tool with a bevelled cutting edge and a handle which is struck with a hammer or mallet, used to cut or shape wood, stone, or metal: cut away the tiles with a broad-bladed steel chisel
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  • They would also have used tools such as planes, axes, adzes, draw knives, wedges, knives, chisels, hammers, mallets, awls, gouges, and spoon augers (a type of drill).
  • This type of leather craft involves hand tools like a chisel and hammer to create intricate designs.
  • Carpenters had mallets, hammers, drills, chisels, scrapers, planes, and copper saws at their disposal.

verb (chisels, chiselling, chiselled; US chisels, chiseling, chiseled)

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1Cut or shape (something) with a chisel: chisel a hole through the brickwork
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  • Way back in the early days of the last century it was chiselled into shape in Pairc Mor Wood or Garrdha Chill.
  • Two huge standing Buddhas were chiselled into the cliff more than 1,500 years ago in the central Bamiyan Valley on the ancient Silk Route linking Europe and Central Asia.
  • Then he chips and chisels the block, carving out the small figurines.
2 informal , chiefly North American Cheat or swindle (someone) out of something: he’s chiselled me out of my dues
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  • On our job the pay rate for new construction was significantly higher than for repairs, so the company chiseled us by classifying everything as repairs.
  • Do you think you can chisel me out of a fortune and then prance over here and try me on like a secondhand suit?
  • Remember, if you to try to chisel me here I'm gonna slice you up.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old Northern French, based on Latin cis- (as in late Latin cisorium), variant of caes-, stem of caedere 'to cut'. Compare with scissors.

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  • scissors from (Late Middle English):

    Scissors is from Old French cisoires, from late Latin cisoria, the plural of cisorium ‘cutting instrument’. The prefix cis- here is a variant of caes-, from caedere ‘to cut’, a variant also found in chisel (Late Middle English). The spelling with sc- occurred in the 16th century by association with the Latin sciss- from scinder ‘to cut’.

Derivatives

chiseller

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noun
Example sentences
  • It's chiselers and cheats and the whole thing makes me sick.
  • Then it was placed before the court to decide who should support the little chiseller, or the Scandinavian equivalent.
  • Well the problem with the minimum wage and Mr Howard is that Mr Howard is the chief chiseller.

Words that rhyme with chisel

drizzle, fizzle, frizzle, grizzle, mizzle, pizzle, sizzle, swizzle, twizzle

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