- 1A tool with a sharp-edged, typically rectangular, metal blade and a long handle, used for digging or cutting earth, sand, turf, etc..More example sentences
- What may be a surprise is that the bottom of your foot hurts, bruised from stepping on the hard metal of the spade or fork repeatedly.
- The traditional square blade of a spade may derive from its historical use as a tool to cut peat, sod or soft garden soil, none of which provide much resistance to the blade.
- Armed with their metal detectors, spades and uncontrollable imaginations the assembled horde scattered to all corners of the field in search of treasure.
- 1.2 [as modifier] Shaped like a spade: a spade bitMore example sentences
- The spade bit, when used properly, works well on acrylic.
- To drill counter-mounted faucet holes, use an electric drill and an appropriately sized hole saw or spade bit.
- Use a sharp spade bit to bore a 1-inch diameter hole through each end of every floorboard you have to replace.
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- 1Dig over (ground) with a spade: while spading the soil, I think of the flowersMore example sentences
- We have also tried our roller on a wheat cover crop before planting soybeans, but it had little effect on the small weeds in the wheat and we ended up spading that ground before planting the soybeans.
- In the spring she spaded a garden, but the carrots bent as if they'd hit metal and slugs tattered the lettuce.
- He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work.
- 1.1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Move (soil) with a spade: earth is spaded into the graveMore example sentences
- Dressed in yellow jackets, trousers and rubber boots, visitors can find excitement in spading gold-bearing sand and gravel into a metal pail.
- ‘We propped up one end of the screen on a wheelbarrow and spaded the plants, compost and all, up onto the frame,’ she says.
call a spade a spade
- Speak plainly without avoiding unpleasant or embarrassing issues: it is time to name names and call a spade a spadeMore example sentences
- After a while, we started to talk and I began to like him, because he's funny and he's straightforward and he calls a spade a spade.
- And the president should not be criticized for being a straight shooter and calling a spade a spade.
- So at one level this is an issue of clarity; the simple business of calling a spade a spade.
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- Choose an open, sunny spot with a moisture-retentive, well-drained soil and dig over the earth to remove all weeds before adding a few spadefuls of organic matter.
- Short removes two spadefuls of sand and black, viscous oil slowly begins to fill the new pit.
- This hypothesis crumbled at the first spadeful below the topsoil.
Old English spadu, spada, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch spade, German Spaten, also to Greek spathē 'blade, paddle'.
- 1 (spades) One of the four suits in a conventional pack of playing cards, denoted by a black inverted heart-shaped figure with a small stalk.More example sentences
- Because of the difference in score, clubs and diamonds are called the minor suits and hearts and spades are the major suits.
- Normally, a standard deck's 52 cards are divided equally among four suits: spades, clubs, diamonds, and hearts.
- If your pack of cards has no joker, the two of spades can be used as a substitute.
- 1.1 (a spade) A card of the suit of spades.More example sentences
- The trump maker leads a spade which player A wins with the ace, becoming the first partner.
- The trumps are a suit of their own for suit following purposes - for example, in a normal game, the queen of spades is a trump, not a spade.
- The player to dealer's left leads any card except a spade to the first trick.
- • informal To a very high degree: he got his revenge now in spadesMore example sentences
- Shaw's staff thought the world of him, and their loyalty was repaid in spades.
- Realize that whatever you do to me, I'm likely to do to you in spades.
- Needless to say, to successfully achieve such remarkable feats required all four of the above virtues in spades.
late 16th century: from Italian spade, plural of spada 'sword', via Latin from Greek spathē; compare with spade1.