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chisel (one) out of (something)

To swindle something from one. That con man chiseled us out of thousands, I'm ashamed to say.
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chisel (something) from (one)

To swindle something from one. That con man chiseled thousands of dollars from us, I'm ashamed to say.
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chisel (something) out of (someone)

To swindle something from one. That con man chiseled thousands of dollars out of us, I'm ashamed to say.
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chisel away

1. Literally, to chip or cut something away (from something else) with or as if with a chisel. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "chisel" and "away." The sculptor chiseled bits of marble away until slowly his vision began to take shape. I had to use a screwdriver to chisel away the limescale that had built up around the edges of the pipe.
2. To work continuously or freely with or as if with a chisel. Janet is never so happy as when she's chiseling away at a new sculpture. We'll need to get these barnacles off. Here, take this hammer and screwdriver and start chiseling away.
3. To erode or diminish (something) incrementally but continuously. The underdog team fell behind early on, but they've been chiseling away at their opponents' lead throughout the second half. His sarcastic remarks have really chiseled away my self-confidence over the years.
4. To make continuous incremental progress (on something). A: "How's the novel coming?" B: "Oh, I'm still chiseling away at it. I'm hoping to be done by the end of the year."
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chisel in

slang To gain part of or involvement in something by unfair methods. Any time my parents give me money, my brother manages to chisel in on it by whining to them.
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chisel in on (someone or something)

slang To gain part of or involvement in something by unfair methods. Any time my parents give me money, my brother manages to chisel in on it by whining to them.
See also: chisel, on
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

chisel in (on someone or something)

Sl. to use deception to get a share of something. I won't chisel in on your deal. You had better not chisel in!
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chisel someone out of something

 and chisel something out of someone; chisel something from someone
to get something away from someone by cheating. The scam tried to chisel pension money out of retired people.
See also: chisel, of, out
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

chisel in (on someone/something)

in. to use deception to get a share of something. I won’t chisel in on your deal.
See also: chisel, on, someone, something

chisel in

verb
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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That way, only the part that is defective comes out, then continue using the chisel to wedge out the rest of the pieces!' 'What happens with the hammer method they are following?' asked my host curiously.
The best thing about a workbench is that no one's going to shout at you if you accidentally drill a hole through it or stab it with a chisel.
The side-clamping guide works only with chisels whose sides taper to an edge that's less than 1/16 in.
wood chisel slipped and drove into my left hand, just behind my thumb.
If you're just starting out with woodworking and cabinetry, a general-purpose set of "bevel-edge" chisels in quarter-, half-, three-quarter- and one-inch widths makes the most sense.
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Although he seemed to be facing his biggest challenge when he agreed to hand over his expensive Japanese-made carbonised steel chisels to someone who has trouble popping ice-cubes out of a tray, never mind fashioning one into a work of art.
Chisels are grouped according to the material they cut, either wood, metal, stone or brick.
Most limestone carvers still prefer the old handforged chisels and keep a wooden mallet close at hand.
Chisels and plane irons are shaped like wedges to provide the mass needed to withstand the resistance against the wood.
village model David Bradbury with a mock-up of the sculpture for Shepley - local people can help create the full-sized version Chisels out for Shepley showpiece SHEPLEY will get a unique 6ft stone sculpture right in the heart of the community - and residents are being invited to have a chisel.
Chisels carried around in your toolbox or tool belt bang against other tools and get dull and nicked.
The Work Sharp gives you precise results quickly and easily when you sharpen chisels, carving tools, putty knives, plane irons and lathe tools.