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lawn mower

or lawnmower

a hand-operated or motor-driven machine for cutting the grass of a lawn.
Also called mower.
Origin of lawn mower
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Outside some argument was going on, rising and falling like the lawn-mower.

    The Vanity Girl Compton Mackenzie
  • But mostly he drags the cruel burden of Connor's lawn-mower.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • Before long, we were stopped in front of a house, where a man was cutting the grass with a lawn-mower.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward
  • We also bought a lawn-mower, the second in the town, and shaved our front yard.

  • It was all he could do to shove the lawn-mower around, in the dusk, after the puppies were in bed.

    Where the Blue Begins Christopher Morley
  • Naturally, it had not seemed necessary to remove the lawn-mower.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • We shall yet settle the "causes that operated sociologically" on the boy with a lawn-mower and a sand heap.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • Bringing the lawn-mower from the side of the house, he began to cut the grass.

    Detectives, Inc. William Heyliger
  • Baulked, but still full of resolution, I set out in search of the lawn-mower.

    In the Mountains Elizabeth von Arnim
British Dictionary definitions for lawn-mower

lawn mower

a hand-operated or power-operated machine with rotary blades for cutting grass on lawns
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lawn-mower

lawn mower


also lawn-mower, 1853 as a type of machine to cut grass, from lawn (n.1) + mower.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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