Do you mean to say that you don't intend to take a shovel, and lend a hand with this work?
Then, by God," replied Tarrant, "if you won't take a shovel you'll take a pickax.
The excessive hardness of the wood, and my having no other way, made me a long while upon this machine, for I worked it effectually by little and little into the form of a shovel or spade; the handle exactly shaped like ours in England, only that the board part having no iron shod upon it at bottom, it would not last me so long; however, it served well enough for the uses which I had occasion to put it to; but never was a shovel, I believe, made after that fashion, or so long in making.
This was not so difficult to me as the making the shovel: and yet this and the shovel, and the attempt which I made in vain to make a wheelbarrow, took me up no less than four days - I mean always excepting my morning walk with my gun, which I seldom failed, and very seldom failed also bringing home something fit to eat.
That afternoon the kitchen was a carpenter-shop; the men brought in their tools and made two great wooden shovels
with long handles.
Looks good to me," he concluded, picking up his pick and shovel and gold-pan.
Feverish with desire, with aching back and stiffening muscles, with pick and shovel gouging and mauling the soft brown earth, the man toiled up the hill.
In spite of splitting headaches he would stagger down to the plant and take up his stand once more, and begin to shovel
in the blinding clouds of dust.
And when God Almighty washes Daylight's soul out on the last big slucin' day," MacDonald interrupted, "why, God Almighty'll have to shovel
gravel along with him into the sluice-boxes.
The usual hurried, feverish toil in the claim was suspended; the pick and shovel
were left sticking in the richest "pay gravel;" the toiling millionaires themselves, ragged, dirty, and perspiring, lay panting under the nearest shade, where the pipes went out listlessly, and conversation sank to monosyllables.
Then Jubiter Dunlap stayed where he was, and the other man lugged the dead body off in the twilight; and after midnight he went to Uncle Silas's house, and took his old green work-robe off of the peg where it always hangs in the passage betwixt the house and the kitchen and put it on, and stole the long-handled shovel
and went off down into the tobacker field and buried the murdered man.
Picks and shovels -- why, they wouldn't furnish 'em to a king.
Well, then," I says, "if we don't want the picks and shovels, what do we want?
Potter and Injun Joe were carrying a handbarrow with a rope and a couple of shovels
Every one knows what a multitude of things --beds, sauce-pans, knives and forks, shovels
and tongs, napkins, nut-crackers, and what not, are indispensable to the business of housekeeping.