Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun As much as can be taken up with a spade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun As much as a spade will hold or lift.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The amount held by (or moved by) a spade (shovel) at once. A shovelful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quantity a shovel can hold

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Examples

  • There's seems little point in working our way through the whole sorry mess of manure, shovelling it out spadeful by spadeful, not when the whole construction is built on poisoned earth over a cess-pit of raw sewage.

    On Sophistry and Subjectivity

  • There's seems little point in working our way through the whole sorry mess of manure, shovelling it out spadeful by spadeful, not when the whole construction is built on poisoned earth over a cess-pit of raw sewage.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Some may decry the outcome as shoveling the last spadeful of dirt on the grave of objective and unbiased political reporting, but in reality it will just return American to an earlier time in our history.

    Chris Weigant: New Tea Party Media Strategy: No Media

  • Some may decry the outcome as shoveling the last spadeful of dirt on the grave of objective and unbiased political reporting, but in reality it will just return American to an earlier time in our history.

    Chris Weigant: New Tea Party Media Strategy: No Media

  • Some may decry the outcome as shoveling the last spadeful of dirt on the grave of objective and unbiased political reporting, but in reality it will just return American to an earlier time in our history.

    Chris Weigant: New Tea Party Media Strategy: No Media

  • This is a good thing for Democrats, because it means putting the last spadeful of dirt on the carcass of President Obama's hopes of bipartisanship in Washington during his term of office.

    Chris Weigant: More Biden, Please

  • Some may decry the outcome as shoveling the last spadeful of dirt on the grave of objective and unbiased political reporting, but in reality it will just return American to an earlier time in our history.

    Chris Weigant: New Tea Party Media Strategy: No Media

  • Some may decry the outcome as shoveling the last spadeful of dirt on the grave of objective and unbiased political reporting, but in reality it will just return American to an earlier time in our history.

    Chris Weigant: New Tea Party Media Strategy: No Media

  • This is a good thing for Democrats, because it means putting the last spadeful of dirt on the carcass of President Obama's hopes of bipartisanship in Washington during his term of office.

    Chris Weigant: More Biden, Please

  • Some may decry the outcome as shoveling the last spadeful of dirt on the grave of objective and unbiased political reporting, but in reality it will just return American to an earlier time in our history.

    Chris Weigant: New Tea Party Media Strategy: No Media

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