When you carve a statue from a block of marble, you use a tool called a chisel to cut out the shape. Chisel is the name of the tool and also the name of the action.

A chisel has a flat, sharp end. To carve using a chisel, you hit the back of it with a hammer or another blunt instrument. Chisel can also mean "to cheat." If someone chisels you out of your allowance, they shaved it away from you bit by bit.

Definitions of chisel
  1. noun
    an edge tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge
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    a chisel of tempered steel with a sharp point; used for engraving
    cold chisel, set chisel
    narrow chisel made of steel; used to cut stone or bricks
    drove, drove chisel
    a stonemason's chisel with a broad edge for dressing stone
    firmer chisel
    a chisel with a thin blade for woodworking
    ripping chisel
    a long chisel with a slightly bent cutting end; used for heavy prying or cleaning mortises
    wood chisel
    a chisel for working wood; it is either struck with a mallet or pushed by hand
    type of:
    edge tool
    any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)
  2. verb
    carve with a chisel
    chisel the marble”
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    type of:
    carve, chip at
    engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface
  3. verb
    engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud
    “Who's chiseli ng on the side?”
    synonyms: cheat
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    profit privately from public office and official business
    play the shark; act with trickery
    rig, set up
    arrange the outcome of by means of deceit
    act with artful deceit
    use a crib, as in an exam
    cook, fake, falsify, fudge, manipulate, misrepresent, wangle
    tamper, with the purpose of deception
    manipulate by or as if by moving around components
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    cozen, deceive, delude, lead on
    be false to; be dishonest with
  4. verb
    deprive somebody of something by deceit
    “They chiseled me out of my money”
    synonyms: cheat, rip off
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    raise the price of something after agreeing on a lower price
    cheat or trick
    fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge
    rip off; ask an unreasonable price
    bunco, con, defraud, diddle, gip, goldbrick, hornswoggle, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, short-change, swindle, victimize
    (offensive) deprive of by deceit
    cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money
    beat, bunk
    avoid paying
    victimize, especially in gambling or negotiations
    welch, welsh
    cheat by avoiding payment of a gambling debt
    beguile, hoodwink, juggle
    influence by slyness
    extort, gouge, rack, squeeze, wring
    obtain by coercion or intimidation
    short, short-change
    cheat someone by not returning him enough money
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    victimise, victimize
    make a victim of
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