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spade 1

 (spād)
n.
1. A sturdy digging tool having a thick handle and a heavy, flat blade that can be pressed into the ground with the foot.
2. Any of various similar digging or cutting tools.
tr.v. spad·ed, spad·ing, spades
To dig or cut with a spade.
Idiom:
call a spade a spade
To speak plainly and forthrightly.

[Middle English, from Old English spadu.]

spad′er n.

spade 2

 (spād)
n.
1. Games
a. A black, leaf-shaped figure on certain playing cards.
b. A playing card with this figure.
c. also spades(used with a sing. or pl. verb) The suit of cards represented by this figure.
2. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a black person.
Idiom:
in spades
To a considerable degree: They had financial trouble in spades.

[Italian spade, pl. of spada, card suit, from Latin spatha, sword, broad-bladed stirrer, from Greek spathē, broad blade.]
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Adv.1.in spades - without question and beyond doubt; "it was decidedly too expensive"; "she told him off in spades"; "by all odds they should win"
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The holdings in spades and diamonds however are such that you would prefer the lead to come up to your hand, not through it.
Entertainment in Spades Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal Theatre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts Montreal, Canada October 18-27, 2001