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Definition of chisel verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    chisel

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪzl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪzl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chisel
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪzl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪzl//
     
    he / she / it chisels
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪzlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪzlz//
     
    past simple chiselled
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪzld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪzld//
     
    past participle chiselled
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪzld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪzld//
     
    (especially US English) past simple chiseled
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪzld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪzld//
     
    (especially US English) past participle chiseled
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪzld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪzld//
     
    -ing form chiselling
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪzlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪzlɪŋ//
     
    (especially US English) -ing form chiseling
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪzlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪzlɪŋ//
     
    Describing architecture
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] chisel (something) (+ adv./prep.) to cut or shape wood or stone with a chisel A name was chiselled into the stone. She was chiselling some marble. a temple chiselled out of solid rock See related entries: Describing architecture
  2. 2[transitive] chisel somebody (out of something) (informal, especially North American English) to get money or some advantage from somebody by cheating them They chiseled him out of hundreds of dollars.
  3. Word 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chisel

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