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snowplow

[snoh-plou] /ˈsnoʊˌplaʊ/
noun
1.
an implement or machine for clearing away snow from highways, railroad tracks, etc.
2.
Skiing. a maneuver in which a skier pushes the heels of both skis outward so that they are far apart, as for turning, decreasing speed, or stopping.
verb (used with object)
3.
to clear of snow using a snowplow.
verb (used without object)
4.
to clear away snow with a snowplow.
5.
Skiing. to execute a snowplow.
Origin of snowplow
1785-1795
1785-95, Americanism; snow + plow
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  • Ever since Christmas it had snowed at intervals and the snow-plow men had been kept busy clearing the streets.

  • Ahead a billowy drift which 29 filled a hollow rose level with the wedge-shape framing on the snow-plow front.

    Lorimer of the Northwest Harold Bindloss
  • “The snow-plow will be along soon, I suppose,” Carol said, as she peered up toward the highway.

    Dixie Martin Grace May North
  • Then smooth the ridge down with a home-made implement resembling a snow-plow reversed.

  • Engineers and firemen on weed-destroying engines shall be paid at the same rates as in snow-plow service.

  • I will see th' snow-plow show an' th' dentisthry wurruk in th' pa-apers.

    Mr. Dooley's Philosophy Finley Peter Dunne
  • Hold his hands, Happy, sez Horace, as full o fight as a snow-plow.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
  • About dusk the snow-plow engines from above came down for coal and water.

  • The snow-plow, even with extra teams, could hardly force its path through.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • Streaming almost straight back they act something like a snow-plow, parting the heavy coverts.

    The Strength of the Pines Edison Marshall
Word Origin and History for snow-plow
n.

also snowplow, snow-plough, 1792, first mentioned in a New Hampshire context, from snow (n.) + plow (n.).

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