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[snoh-bangk] /ˈsnoʊˌbæŋk/
a mound of snow, as a snowdrift or snow shoveled from a road or sidewalk.
Origin of snowbank
First recorded in 1770-80; snow + bank1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You certainly paid him back for shoving you into that snowbank.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
  • If I can only get it into my apron I will drop it outside the door into the snowbank.

    Midnight In Beauchamp Row Anna Katharine Green (Mrs. Charles Rohlfs)
  • In another five minutes he was peering like a woodchuck from his hole in the snowbank.

    Panther Eye Roy J. Snell
  • He called for help, but the cry rose no higher than the snowbank.

    The Transformation of Job Frederick Vining Fisher
  • Once we saw what we took to be a snowbank just ahead by the roadside.

    The Car That Went Abroad

    Albert Bigelow Paine
  • He swung too wide, and the next moment Will had pushed him into a snowbank.

  • She must have dropped right into the snowbank in the bottom—Ruth!

  • Well, there's a snowbank in that caon, about two hundred yards off to the left of the spring.

    Heart's Desire

    Emerson Hough
  • Two small holes are frequently cut in the snowbank which forms the ledge, at about the middle of its height (see Fig. 492 a).

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • I was on my way to the river, thinking I could find a place on the wharves to sleep, when I stumbled and fell into the snowbank.

Word Origin and History for snowbank

1779, from snow (n.) + bank (n.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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