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lawn mower

or lawnmower

a hand-operated or motor-driven machine for cutting the grass of a lawn.
Also called mower.
Origin of lawn mower
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Janet found Patrick sharpening the lawnmower, ready for a days work.

    The Curlytops at Silver Lake

    Howard Roger Garis
  • "Grass awready cut roun' back," responded the amiable voice of Genesis, while the lawnmower ceased not to whir.

    Seventeen Booth Tarkington
  • It needs little attention from the lawnmower, but makes a thick, velvety carpet.

    Ruth Fielding Down in Dixie Alice B. Emerson
  • Get behind that lawnmower, young man, if you don't want to be involved in a lawsuit.

  • Often, when it was not in use, I walked to the lawnmower and even laid my hand upon the tool-box.

    A Mind That Found Itself Clifford Whittingham Beers
British Dictionary definitions for lawnmower

lawn mower

a hand-operated or power-operated machine with rotary blades for cutting grass on lawns
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lawnmower

lawn mower


also lawn-mower, 1853 as a type of machine to cut grass, from lawn (n.1) + mower.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for lawnmower



A hard-hit grounder (1891+ Baseball)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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