a tool for digging, having an iron blade adapted for pressing into the ground with the foot and a long handle commonly with a grip or crosspiece at the top, and with the blade usually narrower and flatter than that of a shovel.
some implement, piece, or part resembling this.
a sharp projection on the bottom of a gun trail, designed to dig into the earth to restrict backward movement of the carriage during recoil.
to dig, cut, or remove with a spade (sometimes followed by up):
Let’s spade up the garden and plant some flowers.
call a spade a spade, to call something by its real name; be candidly explicit; speak plainly or bluntly:
To call a spade a spade, he’s a crook.
in spades, Informal.
in the extreme; positively:
He’s a hypocrite, in spades.
without restraint; outspokenly:
I told him what I thought, in spades.
a black figure shaped like an inverted heart and with a short stem at the cusp opposite the point, used on playing cards.
a card of the suit bearing such figures.
(used with a singular or plural verb) the suit so marked:
Spades is trump. Spades count double.
(used with a plural verb) Casino. the winning of seven spades or more.
Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.
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a tool for digging, typically consisting of a flat rectangular steel blade attached to a long wooden handle
an object or part resembling a spade in shape
(as modifier): a spade beard
a heavy metallic projection attached to the trail of a gun carriage that embeds itself into the ground and so reduces recoil
a type of oar blade that is comparatively broad and short Compare spoon (sense 6)
a cutting tool for stripping the blubber from a whale or skin from a carcass
call a spade a spade, to speak plainly and frankly
(transitive) to use a spade on
the black symbol on a playing card resembling a heart-shaped leaf with a stem
a card with one or more of these symbols or (when pl) the suit of cards so marked, usually the highest ranking of the four
a derogatory word for Black
(informal) in spades, in an extreme or emphatic way
The invitations to the musicale came sliding in by pairs and threes and spade flushes. [O.Henry, “Cabbages & Kings,” 1904]
Derogatory meaning “black person” is 1928, from the color of the playing card symbol.
call a spade a spade
do the spadework
noun an electronic device that sends an alarm signal, usually to a distant monitoring centre (as modifier): a call-alarm system
noting or pertaining to a style of singing in which a melody sung by one singer is responded to or echoed by one or more singers. noting or pertaining to rapid, spontaneous verbal and nonverbal interaction between speaker and listener, in which all statements are punctuated by expressions from the listener. call-and-response singing. call-and-response interaction […]
a command to report for active military duty. Contemporary Examples Judith Miller: My Gun Control Fantasy Judith Miller July 21, 2012 Historical Examples Bambi Marjorie Benton Cooke
an act of calling back. a summoning of workers back to work after a layoff. a summoning of an employee back to work after working hours, as for emergency business. a request to a performer who has auditioned for a role, booking, or the like to return for another audition. recall (def 12). a return […]