One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Weapons such as swords or knives collectively.‘I say to you, give lawbreakers cold steel!’
- ‘Yet to Muscat's credit, though he plays by the sword he accepts being put to the cold steel when it is wielded by those publicly lambasting him.’
- ‘Or does the thought of real cold steel in the belt of that twitchy fellow over by the reference books chill the life out of the adage?’
- ‘There'll be cold steel for the crowd, no quarter and the amphitheatre will end up looking like a slaughterhouse.’
- ‘There's only one language that these animals understand, and that is cold steel.’
- ‘Swords clashed, cold steel shining in the candlelight.’
- ‘So much for rhetoric, always preferred by politicians and other hail fellow well met charmers to the cold steel of logic.’
- ‘Instead, the Scots flanked their static English foe and fell on them with cold steel.’
- ‘In the old days a man would have sent a gun boat, shown them the glint of cold steel, perhaps blown a few from the mouth of a cannon as an example to the rest.’
- ‘Then, he heard the hiss of cold steel as the gatekeeper drew its katana.’
- ‘Hitherto the tribesmen had been armed with matchlocks, daggers, and swords and had relied especially on the sudden charge from ambush and on cold steel.’
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