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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 ?
it's you, is it, Englishman?" cried the colonel; "it's you who are going to play a spade!"
The colonel has again insulted me, by insisting that I should not play a spade, and he shall give me satisfaction for it."
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 Queen of Spades forgot the stain on her bodice, and stood beside the Queen of Diamonds and the new-married, staggering young woman--all with a gaze of fixity in the direction in which the horse's tramp was diminishing into silence on the road.
Against the last stripe of the green-gold sunset he saw a black human silhouette; a man in a chimney-pot hat, with a big spade over his shoulder.
The black silhouette of Gow with his top hat and spade passed the window, dimly outlined against the darkening sky.
"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 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 lantern, the spade, and the wicker bottle were found, that day, in the churchyard.
"I came out, honored lady," he resumed, much at his ease, "to house my spade, whereby I earn my living.
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.
One day when I rode over to the Shimerdas' I found Antonia starting off on foot for Russian Peter's house, to borrow a spade Ambrosch needed.
AN Undertaker Who Was a Member of a Trust saw a Man Leaning on a Spade, and asked him why he was not at work.