The administration refused to budge on calling a spade a spade.
He is a master baker, and last year opened a bakery at the Partners & spade gallery in New York.
“We need someone to call a spade a shovel,” said the second guy, referring to Obama.
In other words, Lyons provided the key piece of the puzzle but credited those who had already done the spade work.
Showing a picture of Murphy, spade quipped, “Look, children, a falling star ... quick, make a wish.”
The words were indifferent, but the thick handle of the spade snapped in two.
When a man struck some new thing with his spade, he called out.
Death while we stood with the musket, and death while we stoopt to the spade.
Then lift each plant with a spade or mattock slowly and skillfully.
The spade and plough of the husbandman are constantly disinterring relics of high value to the antiquary and numismatist.
"tool for digging," Old English spadu, from Proto-Germanic *spadon (cf. Old Frisian spada, Middle Dutch spade, Old Saxon spado, Middle Low German spade, German Spaten), from PIE *spe- "long, flat piece of wood" (cf. Greek spathe "wooden blade, paddle," Old English spon "chip of wood, splinter," Old Norse spann "shingle, chip").
To call a spade a spade "use blunt language, call things by right names" (1540s) translates a Greek proverb (known to Lucian), ten skaphen skaphen legein "to call a bowl a bowl," but Erasmus mistook Greek skaphe "trough, bowl" for a derivative of the stem of skaptein "to dig," and the mistake has stuck.
"figure on playing cards," 1590s, probably from Italian spade, plural of spada "sword, spade," from Latin spatha "broad, flat weapon or tool," from Greek spathe "broad blade" (see spade (n.1)). Phrase in spades "in abundance" first recorded 1929 (Damon Runyon), probably from bridge, where spades are the highest-ranking suit.
The invitations to the musicale came sliding in by pairs and threes and spade flushes. [O.Henry, "Cabbages & Kings," 1904]Derogatory meaning "black person" is 1928, from the color of the playing card symbol.
A black person: The spades inhabited Harlem and let the ofays have Wall Street to themselves
[1928+; fr the color of the playing-card symbol and fr the phrase black as the ace of spades]
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