miércoles, 10 de diciembre de 2008


noun, verb, spad⋅ed, spad⋅ing.

–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) 4. to dig, cut, or remove with a spade (sometimes fol. by up): Let's spade up the garden and plant some flowers.

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

noun 1. a black figure shaped like an inverted heart and with a short stem at the cusp opposite the point, used on playing cards.

2. a card of the suit bearing such figures.

3. spades, a. (used with a singular or plural verb) the suit so marked: Spades is trump. Spades count double.

b. (used with a plural verb) Casino. the winning of seven spades or more.

4. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a black person.


bef. 900; ME (n.); OE spadu; c. D spade, G Spaten, ON spathi spade, Gk spáthē broad, flat piece of wood

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