cobble

verb
cob·​ble | \ ˈkä-bəl How to pronounce cobble (audio) \
cobbled; cobbling\ ˈkä-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce cobbling (audio) \

Definition of cobble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 chiefly British : to mend or patch coarsely
2 : repair, make cobble shoes
3 : to make or put together roughly or hastily often used with together or up cobble together an agreementcobble up a temporary solution

cobble

noun

Definition of cobble (Entry 2 of 2)

2 cobbles plural, chiefly British : lump coal about the size of small cobblestones

Examples of cobble in a Sentence

Verb

expensive leather shoes cobbled in Italy

Noun

a street paved with cobbles

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Earlier in the haggling between Di Maio and Salvini to cobble together a governing coalition, each man boasted the right to be premier. Washington Post, "Resume of professor picked to be Italy’s premier scrutinized," 23 May 2018 Earlier in the haggling between Di Maio and Salvini to cobble together a governing coalition, each man boasted the right to be premier. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Resume of professor picked to be Italy's premier scrutinized," 22 May 2018 At some point, this offense assembled with essentially the same high-powered components from last year's 104-win group will cobble together the necessary combination of hits or walks or errors required to bring a runner home. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Joe Panik's home run does it again as Dodgers fall to Giants, 1-0," 31 Mar. 2018 The point is, cobbling together one’s financial independence is a messy, inconvenient process, and never happens in a vacuum. Charlotte Cowles, The Cut, "Is It Time for Me to Move Out of My Parents’ House?," 22 Mar. 2018 The coalition swept the election, cobbling together a coalition of black, Hispanic and socially progressive white voters. Jacob Carpenter, Houston Chronicle, "George Oser, who helped lead HISD integration efforts in 1970s, dies at 81," 16 Mar. 2018 Usually, parties will cobble something together without consulting an attorney. Etan Mark, miamiherald, "Signing a document? Proceed with caution — even if it says it’s not a contract | Miami Herald," 7 Jan. 2018 Ten months ago, the 24-year-old x-ray technician cobbled together sick days and vacation days, plus three weeks of unpaid leave, to recover from childbirth and take care of her baby. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "The Cost of Child Care Is Crushing American Families. What Will the Presidential Candidates Do About It?," 15 Apr. 2019 Desks were purchased and classrooms were built and a small teaching staff was cobbled together. Alden Woods, azcentral, "Outsiders, FLDS battle for control of towns Warren Jeffs left behind," 27 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These blocks can be made of granite Belgian block cobbles or a prefabricated concrete aggregate block. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Easy Landscape Design That'll Make Your Driveway 10 Times More Attractive," 19 Apr. 2019 Under the sweeping searchlight of the Eiffel Tower and nestled in the quiet cobbles of Saint-Germain, Hunting Season kicked off Couture Week last night with an intimate dinner at Le Bar de L’Hotel. Alexander Howard, Vogue, "At Couture Week, Hunting Season Hosted a Très Chic Crew for Dinner," 22 Jan. 2019 Photo: Pool Bernard Papon/Zuma Press The Tour has visited these cobbles before. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Biggest Booby-Trap at the Tour de France: Cobblestone Roads," 13 July 2018 The jagged edges of the cobbles inject the likelihood of regular punctures and mechanical failures. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Biggest Booby-Trap at the Tour de France: Cobblestone Roads," 13 July 2018 The last section of cobbles is only three miles from the finish. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Lance Armstrong Takes on the Tour de France," 6 July 2018 The area is flat, sandy and more delicate, interspersed with smaller plants and cobbles. Martina Schimitschek, sandiegouniontribune.com, "At Scripps, a seascape landscape," 5 July 2018 These spreads of cobbles, the archaeologists say, may be the remains of stone-and-soil ramps the Rapanui once used to roll giant stone hats to the tops of their iconic statues. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "How does a preindustrial society put a 13-ton hat on a statue?," 5 June 2018 But early investigators found the hilly ridges to be composed of clay, silt, sand, pebbles, cobbles and boulders, all jumbled up together. William J. Broad, New York Times, "How the Ice Age Shaped New York," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of cobble

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cobble

Verb

Middle English coblen, perhaps back-formation from cobelere cobbler

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cobble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cobble

: to make (something) by putting together different parts in a quick way
old-fashioned : to make or repair (shoes)

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