EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TROWEL
I asked him if he filled his pies with a trowel and you ought to have heard him sputter.
The trowel is the instrument with which these honours—and these fortunes—are won.
The mixed mortar is then applied with a trowel in a workmanlike manner.
A garden; and I could dig the pond if I had brought the trowel.
Ibarra offered the trowel to the curate, who descended slowly in his turn.
He gallantly offered the trowel to Maria Clara, but she refused, with a smile.
“It is well they gave the trowel to you instead of me,” said a trembling old man.
But they waited until he had gone, and then they started with their baskets, trowel, and garden-fork.
"He must first receive the trowel," whispered one of the brothers.
Then he absolutely refused to put his hand to a spade or a trowel.
mid-14c., "tool for spreading plaster or mortar," from Old French truele (13c.), from Late Latin truella "small ladle, dipper" (mid-12c.), diminutive of Latin trua "a stirring spoon, ladle, skimmer." The gardening tool was so called since 1796.