From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishshovelshov‧el1 /ˈʃʌvəl/ ●●○ noun [countable] 1 shovel.jpg DTa tool with a rounded blade and a long handle used for moving earth, stones etc SYN spade2 TBCa part of a large vehicle or machine used for moving or digging earth
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shovelIn tears, I fetched my father who went to work with a shovel and retrieved most of the contents.Did he think that would work if she got him gloves and a rake and shovel?Its workers did this the hard way, with sweat and shovels.When dusk had come, Wade put his shovel aside and moved down the slope to the dock.A 47-year-old man died after an accident involving a 17-ton loading shovel at the Redland Aggregates site at Barham.He went into the nearest town and bought a proper shovel.The shovel itself had metal teeth so it could bite into a pile of dirt.
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shovelshovel2 ●○○ verb (shovelled, shovelling British English, shoveled, shoveling American English) [transitive] 1 DTto lift and move earth, stones etc with a shovel The workmen shovelled gravel onto the road. They were out in freezing conditions shovelling snow off the pitch.shovel the driveway/sidewalk etc American English (=shovel snow from a road or path) Everyone was out shoveling their sidewalks.2 shovel something into/onto something
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shovelParents are cleaning, shoveling, and even teaching to aid schools.They shoveled dirt back into the grave.And no wonder new purchases of bond funds are a pittance compared with what people shovel into stock funds.You might as well take money and shovel it down the drain.All business has to do is back a truck up to the money bin and shovel out the appropriate amount.Men sit silently at the bar, pulling on Buds, shoveling quarters into the video poker machines set in the countertops.Kathy shoveling rain off a sidewalk.Most people shovel without claiming spaces.
Origin shovel1 Old English scofl