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spud

[ spuhd ]
/ spʌd /
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noun
verb (used with object), spud·ded, spud·ding.
to remove with a spud.
Verb Phrases
spud in, to set up earth-boring equipment, especially for drilling an oil well.
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Origin of spud

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English spudde “short knife”; further origin unknown
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British Dictionary definitions for spud

spud
/ (spʌd) /

noun
an informal word for potato (def. 1)
a narrow-bladed spade for cutting roots, digging up weeds, etc
Also called: spudder a tool, resembling a chisel, for removing bark from trees
verb spuds, spudding or spudded
(tr) to remove (bark) or eradicate (weeds) with a spud
(intr) to drill the first foot of an oil-well

Word Origin for spud

C15 spudde short knife, of unknown origin; applied later to a digging tool, and hence to a potato
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