Definition of Spadework

1. Noun. Dull or routine preliminary work preparing for an undertaking.

Generic synonyms: Work



Definition of Spadework

1. Noun. Work done by digging with a spade. ¹

2. Noun. (figuratively) Work done in preparation for something else. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Spadework

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spadework

spadefoot
spadefoot toad
spadefoots
spadeful
spadefuls
spadeless
spadelike
spademan
spademen
spader
spaders
spades
spadesful
spadetail
spadewise
spadework (current term)
spadeworks
spadger
spadgers
spadiceous
spadices
spadicose
spadille
spadilles
spadillo
spadillos
spading
spadish
spadix
spadixes

Literary usage of Spadework

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1. The War Correspondence of the "Daily News," 1877: With a Connecting by Archibald Forbes, Januarius Aloysius MacGahan (1878)
"Roughly, they have three lines of spadework, and great indulgence in spadework, or rather in the shelter of spadework, is apt to detract from the prompt, ..."

2. The War Correspondence of the "Daily News," 1877: With a Connecting by Archibald Forbes, Januarius Aloysius MacGahan (1878)
"Roughly, they have three lines of spadework, and great indulgence in spadework, or rather in the shelter of spadework, is apt to detract from the prompt, ..."

3. The French Revolution: A History by Thomas Carlyle (1892)
"He that has four limbs and a French heart can do spadework; and will! On the first July Monday, scarcely has the signal-cannon boomed; scarcely have the ..."

4. Practical Housing by John Sutton Nettlefold (1908)
"spadework," in its suggestion of persistent industry in rural surroundings, ... But it is spadework with brains to guide it that makes for success, ..."

5. The Conquest of Turkey: Or, The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire. 1877 by Linus Pierpont Brockett, Porter Cornelius Bliss (1878)
"... and great indulgence in spadework, or rather in the shelter of spadework, is apt to detract from ..."

6. A Manual on Lime and Cement: Their Treatment and Use in Construction by Arthur Henry Heath (1893)
"... spadework in the trench; but owing to difficulties of supervision of this essential precaution, it is better not to allow the practice of tipping, &c. ..."

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