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- ‘Their claws clicked on the cobbles as they approached the corner.’
- ‘Pulling herself painfully up, she wobbled shakily on the cobbles, catching the icy metal of the lamp-post next to her to steady herself.’
- ‘Stepping out onto the cobbles in front of the steps, the men found themselves at the center of a loose circle of guardsman.’
- ‘His head pounded with each pace and his mouth felt dry and rough, like the dusty cobbles of the street.’
- ‘I complete it by slowly walking down the steps on the other side of the bridge, and turn on the polished cobbles of the old street.’
- ‘The drunkard still lay unconscious on the cobbles.’
- ‘The window in the study shattered as a piece of cobble flew into to it.’
- ‘I collapse the antenna and walk back along the cobbles, thinking again of the man who overwintered in this area.’
- ‘In the middle of the roadway beneath the window, the Vizier's ivory rose lay pristine on the muddy cobbles.’
- ‘Although his clothes were clean and cared-for, they were also clearly second-hand and shabby, and his long feet were bare on the cobbles of the street.’
- ‘If a traveler had been passing through, they would not have noticed that the cobbles in the square were uneven and had long since been denied attention.’
- ‘I drag myself over the grey cobbles to the door, my heart in my ears, my feet stumbling, the grey weather scowling at me.’
- ‘The white cobbles burnt the soles of her feet even through her tough slippers.’
- ‘Running her hand down along the side, she crouched in the shadows and reached to the bottom, where the stair met the well-worn cobbles.’
- ‘The cobbles were cool on my feet - I had not even put on sandals for fear of being heard creeping across the marble floor of my home.’
- ‘In total there are 148 square metres of accommodation, while outside, the back garden is laid in patio and cobble.’
- ‘The streets shifted with no apparent rhyme or reason from flagstone to cobbles to brick and back again.’
- ‘Among the items found were pieces of 12th century pottery, 12th or 14th century cobble and part of a hearth.’
- ‘‘You came,’ she said as her friend pulled her suitcases out onto the cobbles.’
- ‘The noise of his feet on the cobbles woke the dogs of the town, who barked as if they meant to break their chains.’
- 1.1cobblesBritish Coal in lumps the size of cobblestones.
- ‘Cobbles of coal may be seen in the water showing the location of outcropping seams.’
- ‘You make the big decision to finish and then they keep moving the dates to make sure they get every last cobble of coal.’
- ‘I found I could relate this cobble to the very last year that the mine was being mined.’
Late Middle English: from cob + -le.
1cobble something togetherRoughly assemble or put together something from available parts or elements.‘the mayor cobbled together a budget’
prepare hastily, prepare roughly, make hastily, make roughly, put together hastily, put together roughly, scribble, improvise, devise, contrive, patch together, jerry-buildthrow together, whip up, fix, rustle upknock upView synonyms
- ‘A large number of scholars, writers and activists have been quietly cobbling together a clear, confident and credible set of policy alternatives.’
- ‘The best way to improve their economic prospects is not through the work-support programs that states are desperately cobbling together to help them cope.’
- ‘Our first articles were cobbled together in record time.’
- ‘In fact, he's doing fine, cobbling together an income by ‘teaching some skiing seminars, selling some photos, and doing some freelance designing.’’
- ‘In the past, we thought of joint operations as cobbling together a tactically - or even an operationally - effective force from various service components.’
- ‘Now, prototypes can be cobbled together in weeks from off-the-shelf components.’
- ‘With the help of various agents we managed to cobble something together.’
- ‘It's been done before, usually by cobbling together footage in a canny way.’
- ‘Plato had a particular reason for cobbling together the story.’
- ‘That's not stopping companies from cobbling together technologies.’
- ‘Most deals were cobbled together at the last minute.’
- ‘Anyway, hopefully between us we will be able to cobble something together.’
- ‘The first thing I did was cobble together a working computer so they could get started on building a database for their finds.’
- ‘Cobbling together good skills that can be applied to every situation will make you a force to be reckoned with at the table at all times.’
- ‘Even if an agreement is cobbled together it will not please everyone.’
- ‘We worked it out by cobbling together some of the instructions for the earlier versions and all went smoothly enough.’
- ‘They're still cobbling together old solutions for single machines and trying to make them look new.’
- ‘He and the other dazed workers who converged on the center soon joined the priest in cobbling together an emergency response system.’
- ‘A light tubular chassis with an inline 8 cylinder engine was made by cobbling a couple of sports engines together.’
- ‘Those first armies had been cobbled together and paid on a hand-to-mouth basis.’
2dated Repair (shoes)
- ‘Modern economies rely on the division of labor, such that one needn't bake bread, smith tools and cobble shoes in a day's work.’
Late 15th century: back-formation from cobbler.
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