They went on with their spading in the fields, while shrapnel was pinging.
He turned into his garden and watched Max, the robot, spading in the petunia bed.
If Dominick can't find time to do the spading we'll just let it go.
Talk, to me, is only spading up the ground for crops of thought.
Examples of these are the disk, cutaway and spading harrows.
Evidently Anne intended to have no spading at random in a fair green orchard.
The work required in doing this is no more than that involved in spading up a bed for annual flowers.
"There's a loam for you," said an old gardener, spading an oval plot on a lawn.
Soon after frost has killed the leaves, carefully dig up the tubers with a spading fork.
Will also sell a bright new spade, only used two hours spading for angle-worms.
"tool for digging," Old English spadu, from Proto-Germanic *spadon (cf. Old Frisian spada, Middle Dutch spade, Old Saxon spado, Middle Low German spade, German Spaten), from PIE *spe- "long, flat piece of wood" (cf. Greek spathe "wooden blade, paddle," Old English spon "chip of wood, splinter," Old Norse spann "shingle, chip").
To call a spade a spade "use blunt language, call things by right names" (1540s) translates a Greek proverb (known to Lucian), ten skaphen skaphen legein "to call a bowl a bowl," but Erasmus mistook Greek skaphe "trough, bowl" for a derivative of the stem of skaptein "to dig," and the mistake has stuck.
"figure on playing cards," 1590s, probably from Italian spade, plural of spada "sword, spade," from Latin spatha "broad, flat weapon or tool," from Greek spathe "broad blade" (see spade (n.1)). Phrase in spades "in abundance" first recorded 1929 (Damon Runyon), probably from bridge, where spades are the highest-ranking suit.
The invitations to the musicale came sliding in by pairs and threes and spade flushes. [O.Henry, "Cabbages & Kings," 1904]Derogatory meaning "black person" is 1928, from the color of the playing card symbol.
A black person: The spades inhabited Harlem and let the ofays have Wall Street to themselves
[1928+; fr the color of the playing-card symbol and fr the phrase black as the ace of spades]