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[snoh-plou] /ˈsnoʊˌplaʊ/
an implement or machine for clearing away snow from highways, railroad tracks, etc.
Skiing. a maneuver in which a skier pushes the heels of both skis outward so that they are far apart, as for turning, decreasing speed, or stopping.
verb (used with object)
to clear of snow using a snowplow.
verb (used without object)
to clear away snow with a snowplow.
Skiing. to execute a snowplow.
Origin of snowplow
An Americanism dating back to 1785-95; snow + plow Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for snow-plow
Historical Examples
  • Hold his hands, Happy, sez Horace, as full o fight as a snow-plow.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
  • The snow-plow, even with extra teams, could hardly force its path through.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • What are you doing, yourselves, with all the engines you want and a snow-plow, and all the men you want?

    The Cassowary Stanley Waterloo
  • Engineers and firemen on weed-destroying engines shall be paid at the same rates as in snow-plow service.

  • Ahead a billowy drift which 29 filled a hollow rose level with the wedge-shape framing on the snow-plow front.

    Lorimer of the Northwest Harold Bindloss
  • Then smooth the ridge down with a home-made implement resembling a snow-plow reversed.

  • I will see th' snow-plow show an' th' dentisthry wurruk in th' pa-apers.

    Mr. Dooley's Philosophy Finley Peter Dunne
  • Ever since Christmas it had snowed at intervals and the snow-plow men had been kept busy clearing the streets.

  • “The snow-plow will be along soon, I suppose,” Carol said, as she peered up toward the highway.

    Dixie Martin Grace May North
  • About dusk the snow-plow engines from above came down for coal and water.

Word Origin and History for snow-plow

also snowplow, snow-plough, 1792, first mentioned in a New Hampshire context, from snow (n.) + plow (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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