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[speyd-foo l] /ˈspeɪd fʊl/
noun, plural spadefuls.
the amount that can be dug out with or carried on a spade.
Origin of spadeful
First recorded in 1635-45; spade1 + -ful Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then a spadeful of earth was dropped upon his chest and he was dead-living dead.

  • When a spadeful of the clay was turned up it glittered all over.

  • One spadeful more, and up it bubbled—a little spring, but a strong one.

    Star of Mercia Blanche Devereux
  • spadeful after spadeful of earth was thrown out, but still the bottom was not reached.

    A Noble Woman Ann S. Stephens
  • It was hard to cast the first spadeful of earth upon the coffin.

    Marguerite De Roberval T. G. Marquis
  • "No he ain't," said Sneak, throwing up a spadeful of flint stones.

    Wild Western Scenes John Beauchamp Jones
  • But to deny what we cannot prove, not even casts into our ice-house a spadeful of snow.

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate George MacDonald
  • Yesterday a spadeful of diamonds dumped upon a velvet cloth was only a spadeful of diamonds to him, and it was nothing more.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • He made a sign to the drummer, who handed him a paddle, with which he turned over a spadeful of earth.

  • Every spadeful of earth was carefully examined, and the probe thrust down anxiously and with great caution.

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