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A metal tool with a sharp beveled edge, used to cut and shape stone, wood, or metal.
v. chis·eled, chis·el·ing, chis·els or chis·elled or chis·el·ling
1. To shape or cut with a chisel.
2. Informal
a. To cheat or swindle.
b. To obtain by deception.
1. To use a chisel.
2. Informal
a. To use unethical methods; cheat: "who's up, who's down and who's chiseling on the side" (James Reston).
b. To intrude oneself without welcome: always tries to chisel in on our conversations.

[Middle English, from Old French cisiel, from Vulgar Latin *cīsellus, cutting tool, from diminutive of Latin caesus, past participle of caedere, to cut; see kaə-id- in Indo-European roots.]

chis′el·er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chiseler - a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud
card shark, card sharp, card sharper, cardsharp, cardsharper, sharper, sharpie, sharpy - a professional card player who makes a living by cheating at card games
clip artist - a swindler who fleeces the victim
con artist, con man, confidence man - a swindler who exploits the confidence of his victim
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
welcher, welsher - someone who swindles you by not repaying a debt or wager


Informal. A person who cheats:
Informal: crook, flimflammer.
Slang: diddler, gyp, gypper.
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Others will take the episode as confirmation of their belief that everyone in public life is a chiseler.
332) When Kant thought about evil, his model was "the cheat, the chiseler, the guy who bends the rules in his own favor.
Strausbaugh backs up this ambitious claim not by breaking new ground but by transforming a collection of articles and profiles that have appeared in the New York Press, The New York Times, the Chiseler, Cabinet, and the Truth Barrier into a rambling account of a mythic, reinvented, and reconstructed portion of Manhattan that still draws tourists and romantics, even though what they are looking for has moved to Brooklyn, Hoboken, and Jersey City.
Unlike Robert Hayden, Christopher Gilbert is not a chiseler but an exuberant teller of tales.
1 David and Jennifer Chiseler 2 Therese Masseo, Renee Drenender, Alan and Cheryl Town 3 Clinton McDonald, Sinae and Alterraun Verner 4 Kevin Negandhi, Dick Vitale 5 Mary and Sid Harris 6 Ruth and Audrey Landers
Sacerdoti's fascinating collection closes, aptly enough, with the "The Monument-Maker," where a spirited ghost (rather too spirited to be based solely on Emma-perhaps there are infusions of the late Mrs Hardy senior, who was indeed a highly spirited woman) chides the mourning chiseler, busily carving her memorial, for never having cared much for her.
a true scholar and a chiseler who infringes a work for personal
And you know he's a chiseler because he's chiseling you.
He was a chiseler as a ball player, so far as that is concerned, and if he shows very decided tendencies to do the chiseling act with us, I am inclined to have you go on down on your health seeking job without him.