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shuh vuhl

  • n  a hand tool for lifting loose material; consists of a curved container or scoop and a handle
  • n  the quantity a shovel can hold
  • n  a fire iron consisting of a small shovel used to scoop coals or ashes in a fireplace
  • n  a machine for excavating
  • v  dig with or as if with a shovel
    shovel sand
    he shovelled in the backyard all afternoon long

  • In this four-alarm economic emergency (nearly 2 million jobs have vanished in four months), it's easy to forget that shovel-ready doesn't necessarily mean shovel-worthy.
  • On the other side, big clamshell shovels clawed an open pit for exploration.
  • Middleweight Champion Carl ("Bobo") Olson goes about his ring work in the methodical, workmanlike way of a power shovel moving a specified amount of earth.
News & Articles

  • Otto: Vision for Ulele restaurant has great back story
    Hey,the man called from the dusty parking lot. "Come here and take a look at this." It was Mayor Bob, and it was a few minutes before his latest golden shovel ground-breaking, this time to kick off construction for a new restaurant.
    June 30, 2013 - The Tampa Tribune
  • Letter: Tending the Norwich Ice Rink
    The Hosers are a generous and dedicated bunch (“Norwich ‘Hosers” Make the Grade,” June 21). When I began teaching at the Marion Cross School in the mid-1970s, then-principal Milton Frye was the devoted human Zamboni, tending the somewhat smaller, much loved, well-used ice rink with his shovel, pickup truck/plow and long green hose.
    June 29, 2013 - Valley News
  • Woman hit with shovel in West Philadelphia, police say
    A woman is hospitalized after being assaulted with a shovel, Philadelphia police say.
    June 28, 2013 - WPVI 6abc Philadelphia

  • John Kerry in FOXNews
    I tried that (retiring) and it was absolutely boring. You can't go and say, 'I'm retired now. That's it!'. It won't take long and you're really gone for good and someone throws the last shovel of dirt on a coffin with your name on it. That's the... Ozzy Osbourne Sify Jul 9, 2010 89611 119284 shovel This National Archives project will eliminate the worst archival storage space problem in the presidential library system and it will facilitate six years of work to expand the library," Kerry said in a statement. "This shovel-ready project...
  • Sarah Palin in clusterflock (blog)
    I think some of those folks too need to perhaps grab a shovel, go down to the gulf, volunteer to help, clean up and save a well or something,Palin added.

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