work harden

transitive verb

Definition of work harden

: to harden and strengthen (metal) by cold-working

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First Known Use of work harden

1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Work harden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/work%20harden. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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