EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPADE

Here, professor, throw off that coat and nglig manner, and grasp this spade.

When a man struck some new thing with his spade, he called out.

She called a spade a spade, and liked frankness and no under meaning to things.

Then lift each plant with a spade or mattock slowly and skillfully.

"Not one," said the Prince, leaning on his spade in despair.

The Prince took the spade and began to dig, though not very hopefully.

John snatched the spade out of his hand and fell to doing his work instead of him.

It was Brother Paul coming up with a spade to shovel away the snow.

He rested on his spade and looked up, but did not speak for a moment.

He had a spade over his shoulder and a great key in his hand.

WORD ORIGIN

"tool for digging," Old English spadu, from Proto-Germanic *spadon (cf. Old Frisian spada, Middle Dutch spade, Old Saxon spado, Middle Low German spade, German Spaten), from PIE *spe- "long, flat piece of wood" (cf. Greek spathe "wooden blade, paddle," Old English spon "chip of wood, splinter," Old Norse spann "shingle, chip").

To call a spade a spade "use blunt language, call things by right names" (1540s) translates a Greek proverb (known to Lucian), ten skaphen skaphen legein "to call a bowl a bowl," but Erasmus mistook Greek skaphe "trough, bowl" for a derivative of the stem of skaptein "to dig," and the mistake has stuck.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SPADE

dug

verbdelve into; hollow out

scoop

nounutensil, tool for shovelling
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