Spading



noun
1.
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.
2.
some implement, piece, or part resembling this.
3.
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.
verb (used with object), spaded, spading.
4.
to dig, cut, or remove with a spade (sometimes followed by up):
Let’s spade up the garden and plant some flowers.
Idioms
5.
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.
6.
in spades, Informal.

in the extreme; positively:
He’s a hypocrite, in spades.
without restraint; outspokenly:
I told him what I thought, in spades.

noun
1.
a tool for digging, typically consisting of a flat rectangular steel blade attached to a long wooden handle
2.

an object or part resembling a spade in shape
(as modifier): a spade beard

3.
a heavy metallic projection attached to the trail of a gun carriage that embeds itself into the ground and so reduces recoil
4.
a type of oar blade that is comparatively broad and short Compare spoon (sense 6)
5.
a cutting tool for stripping the blubber from a whale or skin from a carcass
6.
call a spade a spade, to speak plainly and frankly
verb
7.
(transitive) to use a spade on
noun
1.

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

2.
a derogatory word for Black
3.
(informal) in spades, in an extreme or emphatic way
spade

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