Definition of trowel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtraʊəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtraʊəl//
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  1. 1 a small garden tool with a curved blade for lifting plants and digging holes See related entries: Gardening
  2. 2 a small tool with a flat blade, used in building for spreading cement or plaster
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (as a noun): from Old French truele, from medieval Latin truella, alteration of Latin trulla ‘scoop’, diminutive of trua.Idioms
    lay it on with a trowel
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    (informal) to talk about somebody/something in a way that makes them or it seem much better or much worse than they really are; to exaggerate something He was laying the flattery on with a trowel.
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