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Definition of shovel verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    shovel something (+ adv./prep.)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shovel
    he / she / it shovels
    past simple shoveled ()shovelled
    -ing form shoveling ()shovelling
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  1. 1to lift and move earth, stones, coal, etc. with a shovel A gang of workmen were shoveling rubble onto a truck. They went out in freezing conditions to shovel snow. to shovel the sidewalk/driveway (= to remove snow)
  2. 2(figurative) He sat at the table, shoveling food into his mouth.
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