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left: cold metal chisel with a flat head
top to bottom: cape, round-nose, and diamond-point metal chisel heads


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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They told Iain Duncan Smith, aka the Chingford chiseler, exactly what they thought of him.
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.
Alex plays the stepson of a chiseler and winds up the episode performing a song by Emmy Award-winning composer Joe LoDuca.