spade


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Synonyms for spade

to break, turn over, or remove (earth or sand, for example) with or as if with a tool

Synonyms for spade

a playing card in the major suit that has one or more black figures on it

a sturdy hand shovel that can be pushed into the earth with the foot

(ethnic slur) extremely offensive name for a Black person

dig (up) with a spade

References in classic literature ?
I ran up and drove at his head with my spade, struck him fairly across the neck, and in a minute he was all about my feet in wavy loops.
I took a long piece of string from my pocket, and she lifted his head with the spade while I tied a noose around it.
Therefore, I say, let us get our warrant and our spade and our hatchet, and go up and break open that coffin.
Nevertheless they had obeyed him like automata; for Craven found a hatchet in his hand, and the warrant in his pocket; Flambeau was carrying the heavy spade of the strange gardener; Father Brown was carrying the little gilt book from which had been torn the name of God.
If I have a spade," she whispered, "I can make the earth nice and soft and dig up weeds.
And who plays it," replied Phileas Fogg coolly, throwing down the ten of spades.
The earth near the spot where the spade was found was carefully examined, and the result was the finding of the dead body of a man.
The doctor had thumbed over all his books of knowledge for the occasion, and the black fisherman was engaged to take them in his skiff to the scene of enterprise, to work with spade and pickax in unearthing the treasure, and to freight his bark with the weighty spoils they were certain of finding.
A pickax and spade were lying in the bottom of the boat, with a dark lantern, and a stone bottle of good Dutch courage,[1] in which honest Sam no doubt put even more faith than Dr.
The lantern, the spade, and the wicker bottle were found, that day, in the churchyard.
For certain, your ladyship," he replied, respectfully applying the spade handle to his hair, which was combed down to his eyebrows.
What the pen is to the poet, such is the spade to the working man.
Which sentiment I shall thus give to the English reader: "You provide the noblest materials for building, when a pickaxe and a spade are only necessary: and build houses of five hundred by a hundred feet, forgetting that of six by two.
Tess soon perceived as she walked in the flock, sometimes with this one, sometimes with that, that the fresh night air was producing staggerings and serpentine courses among then men who had partaken too freely; some of the more careless women also were wandering in their gait--to wit, a dark virago, Car Darch, dubbed Queen of Spades, till lately a favourite of d'Urberville's; Nancy, her sister, nicknamed the Queen of Diamonds; and the young married woman who had already tumbled down.
This leading pedestrian was Car the Queen of Spades, who carried a wicker-basket containing her mother's groceries, her own draperies, and other purchases for the week.