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Definition of Spade


  1. A hart or stag three years old.
  2. A castrated man or beast.
  3. An implement for digging or cutting the ground, consisting usually of an oblong and nearly rectangular blade of iron, with a handle like that of a shovel.
  4. One of that suit of cards each of which bears one or more figures resembling a spade.
  5. A cutting instrument used in flensing a whale.
  6. To dig with a spade; to pare off the sward of, as land, with a spade.

Spade Quotations

A sword, a spade, and a thought should never be allowed to rust.
James Stephens

It is no use asking me or anyone else how to dig... Better to go and watch a man digging, and then take a spade and try to do it.
Gertrude Jekyll

The glories of our blood and state, Are shadows, not substantial things; There is no armour against fate, Death lays his icy hand on kings. Scepter and crown must tumble down, And, in the dust, be equal made With the poor crooked scythe and spade.
James Shirley

Let's call a spade a spade - a lot of times when you are a vegetarian it is a just not very effective eating disorder.
Lena Dunham

I call a fig a fig, a spade a spade.
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Spade Translations

spade in Danish is grave, spade
spade in Dutch is woelen, spitten, graven
spade in Finnish is kaivaa
spade in German is Spaten, graben, Spaten
spade in Italian is vanga, badile
spade in Latin is pala
spade in Spanish is espatula, cavar
spade in Swedish is spade

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