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  • n. Plural form of scythe.


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  • The plows are patterned very much after those that were used by Boaz and other large farmers in the days of the Patriarchs; the scythes are the exact originals of the old pictures in which Death is represented as mowing down mankind; the hoes, rakes, and shovels would be an ornament to any museum, but are entirely indescribable; and as for the wagons and harnesses -- herein lies the superior genius of the Russians over all the races of earth, ancient or modern, for never were such wagons and such harnesses seen on any other part of the globe.

    The Land of Thor

  • The serenity and peace of my farm, where I use traditional tools such as scythes and shovels, helps ground and heal me.

    Dandelion Salad

  • Swinging scythes were placed on the seaward side to eviscerate any Macedonians who approached.

    Alexander the Great

  • From the wide common over the thick waving fragrant grass came the sweet country music of the white sleeved mowers whetting their scythes and the voices of the children at play among the fresh-cut flowery swaths.

    Weatherwatch: Midsummer in Wiltshire in 1875

  • The "Monmouth Rebellion" drew a good many to the cause, but it was an army of scythes and pitchforks that met James's regulars—most of them just returned from active service in Morocco—at the Battle of Sedgemoor.

    Servants To Masters

  • They look like a violent mob, replete with pitchforks and scythes waving in the air.

    Savage Kingdom

  • In the river there are three men in blue latex overalls using scythes to cut the river grass.

    Lael Hazan: Timeless Rice: A Butternut Squash Risotto Recipe

  • Far from the glitz of Zurich boutiques and ski resorts like St. Moritz, we've also discovered a more earth-bound Switzerland, where farmers still cut hay with hand scythes and offer thirsty cyclists a drink from their mountain-fed springs.

    Alpine Cycling Without (Much) Pain

  • Women chopped tall grass with hand-held scythes, loading it into large wire baskets bal­anced on either end of a long wooden pole carried across their shoulders.

    Into the Great Wide Open

  • Several moments recall War Horse which Morris co-directed – especially the fabulously sinister, perfectly observed cormorant puppets, with bin-liner wings, who steal Roger's toast and metamorphose into grim reapers with scythes for beaks.

    Swallows and Amazons – review


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