cold steel


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cold steel

A colloquial term for surgery performed with a scalpel rather than with electrocautery, lasers, or radiofrequency ablation.
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I do not like your cold justice; out of the eye of your judges there always glanceth the executioner and his cold steel.
The thought of the sharp swords and the cold steel was strong in me; and presently, when I began to hear stealthy steps and a brushing of men's clothes against the round-house wall, and knew they were taking their places in the dark, I could have found it in my mind to cry out aloud.
Again he stopped, and this time succeeded in forcing his reluctant hand to the cold steel, only to snatch it away almost immediately and resume his restless beat.
Cold steel drawn in the rooms of the Give and Take Association
The cold steel of the revolver in his hand insinuated itself nearer and nearer to the breast of the unconscious lad.
But even the two best swords in a world of fighters can avail not for ever against overwhelming numbers of fierce and savage brutes that know not what defeat means until cold steel teaches their hearts no longer to beat, and so, step by step, we were forced back.
Only from the first effect of the cold steel, but I have recovered.
Occasionally the cold steel of a knife touched his flesh.
I am scarcely objectively aware that I think when I fight, so quickly does my point take advantage of every opening, or spring to my defense if I am threatened that it is almost as though the cold steel had eyes and brains.
That room was very large, lighted from the top, and one wall of it was covered by trophies of arms of all sorts, a choice collection of cold steel disposed on a background of Indian mats and rugs Blunt used it as a dressing- room.
Tom trembled every time a late straggler brushed by them on the street, and half expected to feel the cold steel in his back.
His eyes were blue, though I have seen them gray, and, sometimes, like cold steel.