from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A tool for digging up shrubs, weeds, roots, etc.; a mattock. Also called grub-ax, grubbing-ax.
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When I am grubbing out willows along the ravine, the grubbing-hoe, a lunch-basket well filled, and a jug of water from the deep well up there under the trees seem to be the sum total of the necessary appliances for a life of usefulness and contentment.
"You girls tell Henry to come down with the axe and grubbing-hoe," he commanded briskly.
He was doing the hardest work there is on a farm -- digging sprouts with a heavy grubbing-hoe.
In the middle of the stony road stood a group of roughly clad mountaineers, each in an attitude of sluggish disinclination to the allotted task of mending the highway, leaning lazily upon a grubbing-hoe or sorry spade, - except, indeed, the overseer, who was upheld by the single crowbar furnished by the county, the only sound implement in use among the party.
To do this properly run them off four or five feet apart with the foot, then open with a narrow grubbing-hoe to the depth of three or four inches.
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In the first place I have my ground broken up deeply; then I have the ground covered over with stable manure; have it ploughed in tolerably deep; level the ground with a hoe or rake; hen-house manure is scattered over the ground; hoe it in deep with a grubbing-hoe; level it again; lay off the
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The ground is then broken up with the grubbing-hoe, an implement something like a pick-axe, only that it is four inches wide, and heavy.
It is better to break up the ground with the grubbing-hoe, because it pulverizes the soil more effectually; but it is sometimes done with the plough.