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
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
Example sentences from the Web for spade
Beyoncé certainly delivers it in spades, too—and effortlessly.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year|Kevin Fallon|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If laughter is the best medicine, The Comeback made you feel enough pain to need a dose—and then it delivered in spades.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards|Kevin Fallon|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bayonetta may not always be fully-clothed, but she delivers in spades.Bayonetta Is Nintendo’s Graphic, Ass-Kicking Barbie|Alec Kubas-Meyer|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The second he does, her giggle sends the Queen of Spades cascading to the brown tile floor below.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead with a needle in his arm and envelopes of heroin stamped with an Ace of Spades logo.Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Deadly ‘Ace of Spades' Heroin|Marlow Stern|February 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Spades should be declared with six at the score of twenty-six and with five at twenty-eight.
Not I. I have dirtied my share of spades myself; but I slipped my leash and went self-hunting.The Saint's Tragedy|Charles Kingsley
The decision was final; and seizing the spades, Joe, Sneak, and the oarsmen began to prepare a resting-place for the dead body.Wild Western Scenes|John Beauchamp Jones
Four masked men walked first in the procession, two carrying spades, and two bearing the insignia of the Holy Office.
Very seldom, now; I have sown all my wild oats, and even the ace of spades can scarcely dig them out again.Night and Morning, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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.