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Definition of spade noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a garden tool with a broad metal blade and a long handle, used for digging Turn the soil over with a spade. compare shovel
  2. 2spades [plural] one of the four sets of cards (called) in a deck of cards. The cards have a black design shaped like pointed leaves with a short stem the five/queen/ace of spades
  3. 3[countable] a card from the set of spades You must play a spade if you have one.
  4. Idioms
    call a spade a spade
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    to say exactly what you think without trying to hide your opinion
    in spades (informal)
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    in large amounts or to a great degree He'd got his revenge now, and in spades.
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