American English

Definition of trowel noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a small garden tool with a curved blade for lifting plants and digging holes
  2. 2a small tool with a flat blade, used in building for spreading cement or plaster
  3. Idioms
    lay it on with a trowel (informal)
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    to talk about someone or 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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: trowel