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chisel (verb) cut or shape with a chisel; use a chisel; swindle or cheat.
To use the chisel and cut or shape a stone, metal, or wood or make carvings out of it, is to chisel. The carpenter chisels an ornate door of wood. That is, by using their chisel, they make a door look beautiful by carving out of wood, a beautiful design. The sculptor chisels a beautiful face out of marble. That is, with the help of their chisel, they shape out of marble a beautiful figure. To chisel, also means to cheat or swindle, to collect more money for a product or a service than is fair and thus cheat others. 'He has chiseled away a lot of money when he was the treasurer of the club.' This means that, as the treasurer of the club, he used the club's money for his own purposes, and showed false accounts. When people are involved in money scandals, people say that they have chiseled money away.
- The marvelous carvings and sculptures of South Indian temples were chiseled with an eye for detail, as every sculpted figure appears to come alive, as we watch them spellbound.
- Henry chiseled chip by chip of the club's money, and when it was finally found out how he had swindled all that money, it was too late.