Everyone, including Mrs Dinkman, seemed convinced that scything was the solution.
The scything had begun, and she took off her pince-nez to watch it.
And the love-songs of the wood-pigeons never ceased, nor the faint swish of scything.
The gardener was scything the grass between the trees, whistling softly to himself.
Peasants everywhere are scything weeds and burning them in smoking heaps.
Old English siðe, sigði, from Proto-Germanic *segithoz (cf. Middle Low German segede, Middle Dutch sichte, Old High German segensa, German Sense), from PIE root *sek- "to cut" (see section (n.)). The sc- spelling crept in early 15c., from influence of Latin scissor "carver, cutter" and scindere "to cut." Cf. French scier "saw," a false spelling from sier.
1570s, "use a scythe;" 1590s "to mow;" from scythe (n.). From 1897 as "move with the sweeping motion of a scythe." Related: Scythed; scything.