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.

Primary Meanings of chisel

an edge tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge
carve with a chisel
engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud
Full Definitions of chisel

n 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)

v carve with a chisel

chisel the marble”
Type of:
carve, chip at
engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface

v engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud

“Who's chiseli ng on the side?”
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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
Type of:
cozen, deceive, delude, lead on
be false to; be dishonest with

v deprive somebody of something by deceit

“They chiseled me out of my money”
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, gyp, hornswoggle, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, short-change, swindle, victimize
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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