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(n) a tool with a cutting edge on one end of a metal blade which is used in shaping, or working in timber, stone, metal, etc; (v) to cheat somebody out of his money; to cut or shape as if by carving with a chisel. Origin: L cidere, to cut -> cisellum, a cutting tool -> Fr cisel, a cutting tool Rain has the power to cut stones and chisel the mountains to grand shapes. "You can mould a mannerism but must chisel a character." Anonymous "PAINTING, n. The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic. Formerly, painting and sculpture were combined in the same work: the ancients painted their statues. The only present alliance between the two arts is that the modern painter chisels his patrons." Ambrose Bierce

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