Of course Obama has been dealt an historically tough hand, and there is plenty of blame to shovel across the political aisle.
And you can bet that if need be he will be out with a shovel himself, sick or not.
He grabbed a shovel and started identifying mysterious birdcalls, naming previously unknown plants and trees.
This may be true, but with Twain the food is so light that you can shovel and shovel, even for 1,145 pages, and never feel full.
I have just enough experience of pick and shovel work to be able to grasp what this means.
So you and Jan will have to do most of the digging, though I can shovel away the dirt.
So he set to work with pick and shovel all the rest of that day.
Some carried packs on their backs, with pick and shovel, drill and pan.
In a trembling voice she asked me if I would please find a shovel.
There do they pick and shovel; or bend forward, yoked in long strings to box-barrow or overloaded tumbril; joyous, with one mind.
Old English scofl, sceofol "shovel," related to scufan (see shove (v.)), from Proto-Germanic *skublo (cf. Old Saxon skufla, Swedish skovel, Middle Low German schufle, Middle Dutch shuffel, Dutch schoffel, Old High German scuvala, German Schaufel). Shovel-ready, with reference to construction projects, is attested by 2006.
mid-15c., from shovel (n.). Related: Shoveled; shoveling. Cf. German schaufeln, verb from noun.