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plowshare

[plou-shair] /ˈplaʊˌʃɛər/
noun
1.
the cutting part of the moldboard of a plow; share.
Origin of plowshare
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English plowghschare. See plow, share2
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  • The day was clear and mild, and the soil, freshly cleft by the plowshare, sent up a light steam.

    The Devil's Pool George Sand
  • Then, rising to the surface, it thrust out a fin like a plowshare.

  • My father gathered his big chin, flat like a plowshare, into the trough of his bronze hand.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square Melville Davisson Post
  • Utah is the hardest soil into which the Methodist plowshare was ever set.

    Trail Tales James David Gillilan
  • But the plowshare of war has turned up the tough sod of custom, and now every sound new idea has a chance.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • A wrought-iron fragment from a plowshare said to have been used for cultivating cotton in South Carolina.

  • I do not exaggerate very grossly when I say that a blacksmith would have hammered a plowshare out of his hard face.

    The Broken Sword Dennison Worthington
  • They placed the plowshare and the pruning hook where the rifle and the tomahawk long held sway.

  • But pry open the hungry mouth with the plowshare, and the earth will drink greedily.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
  • Here was an ideal pacifist, who could turn his sword into a plowshare at will, and yet keep the former unsheathed for instant use.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
Word Origin and History for plowshare
n.

late 14c., from plow + share (n.2). To beat swords into plowshares is from Isaiah ii:4.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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