verb (used with object), spad·ed, spad·ing.
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Idioms for spade
- in the extreme; positively: He's a hypocrite, in spades.
- without restraint; outspokenly: I told him what I thought, in spades.
Origin of spade1
OTHER WORDS FROM spadespadelike, adjectivespader, nounun·spad·ed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH spadespade , spay
Words nearby spade
Definition for spade (2 of 2)
- (used with a singular or plural verb) the suit so marked: Spades is trump. Spades count double.
- (used with a plural verb)Casino. the winning of seven spades or more.
Origin of spade2
How to use spade in a sentence
As a company that is beholden to stockholders, Kate Spade usually lags, not leads trends.Handbags: The More You Pay, The Smaller They Shrink|Elizabeth Landers|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Because it is, as Spade and Wilse say, a “tool of social control used by governments to regulate sexuality and family formation.”Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along?|Jay Michaelson|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But then we might have been deprived of Nick and Nora, Sam Spade and the Continental Op.
But there are four other published Spade stories out there, and it would be nice to have them between covers in one volume.
The administration refused to budge on calling a spade a spade.
His strong legs and his broad, spade-like feet helped to make him a fine swimmer.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
The labour of the spade and of the loom, and the petty gains of trade, he contemptuously abandoned to men of a lower caste.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
When a spade declaration has been made by dummy, one trump less is necessary and the doubler need not be on the declarer's left.
Except in the case of a spade declaration, cases in which redoubling is justifiable are very rare.
A spade declaration by the dealer can be doubled with even less strength.
British Dictionary definitions for spade (1 of 2)
- an object or part resembling a spade in shape
- (as modifier)a spade beard
Derived forms of spadespader, noun
Word Origin for spade
British Dictionary definitions for spade (2 of 2)
- the black symbol on a playing card resembling a heart-shaped leaf with a stem
- a card with one or more of these symbols or (when pl) the suit of cards so marked, usually the highest ranking of the four
Word Origin for spade
Idioms and Phrases with spade
see call a spade a spade; do the spadework; in spades.