Meaning of chisel

chis•el

Pronunciation: (chiz'ul), [key]
— n., v., -eled, -el•ing -elled, -el•ling.
—n.
  1. a wedgelike tool with a cutting edge at the end of the blade, often made of steel, used for cutting or shaping wood, stone, etc.
  2. See
  3. (cap.)the constellation Caelum.
—v.t.
  1. to cut, shape, or fashion by or as if by carving with a chisel.
  2. to cheat or swindle (someone): He chiseled me out of fifty dollars.
  3. to get (something) by cheating or trickery: He chiseled fifty dollars out of me.
—v.i.
  1. to work with a chisel.
  2. to trick; cheat.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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