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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.
"Well," was Martha's reflective answer, "at Thwaite village there's a shop or so an' I saw little garden sets with a spade an' a rake an' a fork all tied together for two shillings.
"If I have a spade," she whispered, "I can make the earth nice and soft and dig up weeds.
The colonel has again insulted me, by insisting that I should not play a spade, and he shall give me satisfaction for it."
"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.
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.
And truly when the stars go out and the wan day peeps into the turret-chamber, finding him at his oldest, he looks as if the digger and the spade were both commissioned and would soon be digging.
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.