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verb [transitive] chisel pronunciation in American English /ˈtʃɪz(ə)l/
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present tense
present participlechiselling or chiseling
past tensechiselled or chiseled
past participlechiselled or chiseled

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  1. 1
    to cut wood or stone with a chisel
    chisel something into/from/in something: An epitaph had been chiseled into the stone.
    a statue chiseled from marble
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  2. 2
    informal to get something from someone by tricking them. Someone who does this is called a chiseler
    He makes his money by chiseling unsuspecting elderly people.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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