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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
spade1 /speɪd/USA pronunciation n., v., spad•ed, spad•ing.

n. [countable]
  • Buildinga tool for digging, having a long handle and a narrow metal blade that can be pressed into the ground with the foot.

  • v. [+ object]
  • to dig, cut, or remove with a spade.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomscall a spade a spade, to speak truthfully and bluntly:Let's call a spade a spade: I deserved that promotion and you didn't want me to have it.

    spade•ful, n. [countable],pl. -fuls.

    spade2 /speɪd/USA pronunciation n. 
    1. Games[countable] a black figure shaped like an upside-down heart with a short stem opposite the point, used on playing cards to mark a suit.
    2. Games[countable] a card of the suit bearing such figures.
    3. Gamesspades, the suit so marked: [uncountable;
      used with a singular verb]
      Spades has been dealt.[plural; used with a plural verb]Spades were led in the last hand.
    4. Slang Terms[countable][Slang](disparaging and offensive). a black person.
    idiom
      in spades, [Informal.]
      • in the extreme;
        to the utmost:He's a hypocrite, in spades.
      • without restraint:I told him what I thought of him, in spades.



    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    spade /speɪd/ n
    1. a tool for digging, typically consisting of a flat rectangular steel blade attached to a long wooden handle
    2. an object or part resembling a spade in shape
    3. a cutting tool for stripping the blubber from a whale or skin from a carcass
    4. call a spade a spadeto speak plainly and frankly
    vb
    1. (transitive) to use a spade on
    Etymology: Old English spadu; related to Old Norse spathi, Old High German spato, Greek spathē blade

    ˈspader n
    spade /speɪd/ n
    1. the black symbol on a playing card resembling a heart-shaped leaf with a stem
    2. 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
    3. a derogatory word for Black1
    4. in spadesinformal in an extreme or emphatic way
    Etymology: 16th Century: from Italian spada sword, used as an emblem on playing cards, from Latin spatha, from Greek spathē blade, broadsword




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