a large, long-handled fork for manually lifting and pitching hay, stalks of grain, etc.
pitchforks, Northern U.S. beggar's-lice, especially the achenes of Spanish needles.
verb (used with object)
to pitch or throw with or as if with a pitchfork.

1425–75; late Middle English; see pitch1, fork

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pitchfork (ˈpɪtʃˌfɔːk)
1.  a long-handled fork with two or three long curved tines for lifting, turning, or tossing hay
2.  to use a pitchfork on (something)
3.  to thrust (someone) unwillingly into a position

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Word Origin & History

1364, altered (by influence of M.E. pichen "to throw, thrust") from M.E. pic-forken, from pik (see pike (2)). The verb is attested from 1837.
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Example sentences
She wears her clothes as if they were thrown on with a pitchfork.
She wears her clothes as if they were thrown on her with a pitchfork.
Neither blows from pitchfork, nor from the lash, can make him change his ways.
Use a spading fork or pitchfork to thoroughly mix the ingredients and aerate
  the pile.
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