hand shovel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hand shovel a shovel that is operated by hand
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Usage

In literature:

A shovel is a deadly weapon in the hands o' wan o' these fellys.
"The Grain Ship" by Morgan Robertson
We had no shovels, and had to dig with our bayonets, plates, and hands.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
In the field, cracked handles of pick mattocks, shovels, and hand axes should be wrapped with cord.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
They had shovels in their hands and were struggling with the turf at the foot of the big linden tree beside the house.
"The Wall Between" by Sara Ware Bassett
I took the shovel, and crawled out on my hands and knees.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 121, November, 1867" by Various
At the call of the country, they responded with shovels in hand, having no guns.
"From Farm House to the White House" by William M. Thayer
Preparation of the soil, for tobacco or maize, could be accomplished with a hand hoe or shovel.
"Agriculture in Virginia, 1607-1699" by Lyman Carrier
Quickly, yet gently, he shoveled away the rubble behind the hand and unearthed the rest of the robot.
"The Velvet Glove" by Harry Harrison
He handed over the rope, the shovel, and the kit with an air of Pilate washing his hands.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
In the left hand corner lies a shovel for digging the grave that is to receive the ashes.
"Evangelists of Art" by James Patrick
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In poetry:

To-night, His frost will fasten on this mud and us,
Shrivelling many hands and puckering foreheads crisp.
The burying-party, picks and shovels in their shaking grasp,
Pause over half-known faces. All their eyes are ice,
But nothing happens.
"Exposure" by Wilfred Owen

In news:

In the winter of 1991, a group of Chickasaw Indians led by their governor, Bill Anoatubby, stood in a field in rural southern Oklahoma with shovels in their hands.
Caden and his Daddy, Nick spent all day Tuesday Feb 9th buliding an igloo in Lagrange, KY using shovels and cold hands.
Yakima Valley Orchards used to plant trees by hand, with workers digging holes with shovels.
Take shovel in hand and prepare to revitalize your plants.
Chariho Shovel Brigade is ready to lend a hand .
View full size (Gus Chan, The Plain Dealer) Volunteers, with shovels in hand, at the groundbreaking of the Scranton Peninsula portion of the Towpath Trail.
Gravediggers work the old fashioned way on the Tule River Indian Reservation, chipping away at the hard pan by hand with pickaxes and shoveling the dirt aside.
Gravediggers work the old-fashioned way on the Tule River Indian Reservation, chipping away at the hard pan by hand with pickaxes and shoveling the dirt aside.
What inspired Archbold — who was described by the snake store owner as "the life of the party" — to shovel handfuls of crickets, worms and cockroaches into his mouth.
"People see a man with a shovel in his hand working on a job site and think he's lazy".
Jamie McDonald of Hartford, Conn. Shovels handfuls of Roberto's red chile enchiladas into his mouth Sunday as volunteer Jessica Chenoweth looks on during the second annual Fire in the Whole Enchilada Eating Contest.
Wayne Slinkard, shovel in hand, directs the back-hoe operator as he digs the fire pit for the La Junta Wagon Thursday afternoon in Ruidoso Downs Race Tracks infield.
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