One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who mends shoes as a job.
- ‘This is a triumphant return to the screen for him after his five-year break, partly spent pursuing the craft of the shoemakers - cobblers, in fact.’
- ‘Every house had a last for putting tips on heels and patches on soles but they were brought to the cobbler when new soles were needed.’
- ‘You should consider a wider pair of shoes or have a cobbler stretch yours.’
- ‘Everyone shared what they had with others, doctors treated neighbourhood children free of charge, cobblers repaired boots free of charge and so on.’
- ‘She only knew that the pointed shoes the cobbler made for everyone else hurt her feet.’
- ‘Given that he is a competent cobbler with a market for his products, it would be foolish of him to turn his hand to another trade.’
- ‘There are no more cobblers who make shoes (well, there are some who cater to highly specialized foot issues).’
- ‘He'd go to a cobbler and say ‘I want my shoes just so’ and that's how they got their gear.’
- ‘We had the candles, hatters, cobblers and bakers representing the strong trades in Rathkeale in the 19th century.’
- ‘I passed the cobbler and the tailor's shop, then turned the corner.’
- ‘Born to a family of shoemakers, he received little formal education and, on the death of his mother, was apprenticed to another cobbler when he was just ten years old.’
- ‘I'm giving the impression I'm like the cobbler with the shoe-making elves.’
- ‘In the quiet twilight, the cobbler slowly set down his tools, laying the wooden shoe at the foot of his stool and rising slowly.’
- ‘The old cobbler who had been mending shoes in the doorway of a building was unexpectedly replaced by a stranger.’
- ‘A cobbler may make shoes, and then sell them to acquire the money to buy food and clothes.’
- ‘I even stopped in the cobblers to say hello to the shoemaker's wife, and promised to buy my next pair of shoes from them.’
- ‘Nothing is more important to a cobbler or shoe designer.’
- ‘Each small community would have had its local cobbler who produced shoes to fit each individual customer uniquely.’
- ‘He also worked as a master cobbler, mending shoes.’
- ‘I'm fortunate in having a decent cobbler nearby, so I can get boots reheeled until the uppers collapse.’
2An iced drink made with wine or sherry, sugar, and lemon.
3North American A dessert consisting of fruit baked in a deep dish with a thick, cake-like crust on top.
- ‘This doesn't mean that I give friends or strangers the right to lecture me about how much sugar or fat is in the piece of peach cobbler I'm eating.’
- ‘We eat our chicken and kugel, and then we serve the raspberry cobbler for dessert.’
- ‘A delicious dinner of ham, fried potatoes, hot corn bread, fresh butter, wild bee honey, and huckleberry cobbler is served.’
- ‘The food is often some concoction of lamb, frequently accompanied by rice, sweet potatoes, warm bread, and finished with a desert such as plumb cobbler with cream.’
- ‘How about some of that blackberry cobbler, Miss Birdie?’
- ‘I'll have a piece of berry cobbler when you can get around to it.’
- ‘For dessert, we ordered a peach and huckleberry cobbler with vanilla gelato and four spoons.’
- ‘There is a freshly baked berry cobbler sitting by the stove.’
- ‘A faint scent curiously similar to blackberry cobbler wafted on a warm draft from the beaker.’
- ‘The bushes produce enough berries for a cobbler or a crumble, but not enough for jam.’
- ‘For dessert I had the only thing I hadn't had - the apple cherry cobbler a la mode.’
- ‘They bring steaming trays of potato kugel and berry cobbler, bottles of grape juice and sweet wine.’
- ‘When you arrive, be sure to introduce yourself to this unique part of Texas with a local favorite: black cherry cobbler à la mode.’
- ‘Whence our merriment came to a full and complete stop, we settled down around a freshly baked apple cobbler.’
- ‘The cobblers I usually make have crumby toppings; this one would turn out biscuity.’
- ‘The plate contained a large slice of peach cobbler, with the juicy slices of golden peaches oozing from beneath a golden brown crust.’
- ‘This just feels like when I eat my grandmother's peach cobbler.’
- ‘They came up with a menu, and put together a meal to serve the class: biscuits and gravy, peach cobbler, and plantation punch.’
- ‘A steaming, fresh-from-the-oven blackberry cobbler served with dairy cream was for dessert.’
- ‘Be sure to try one of her sliced lemon cakes, her over-the-top peach cobbler or her wonderfully restrained sweet potato pie.’
let the cobbler stick to his last
proverb People should only concern themselves with things they know something about.
- ‘My advise to the company: let the cobbler stick to his last.’
Middle English: of unknown origin.
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