v. dig with a shovel; gather up as if with a shovel; sweep away, clear away material
He digs a hole in the soil with a shovel.
He soon found himself in a corner of the park that had been transformed into a graveyard, near the cart of cadavers; there he had to shovel dirt on his own ground in company with the indignant prisoners.
He saw them arranging the last; with shovels, they were forming a border of earth, a foot in width, around each piece.
The hardship and self-denial are the operations and sacrifices that precede combat. The interminable marches, extremes of temperature, nights in the open air, shoveling earth, digging trenches,
The Germans armed with shovels were looking for assistants for this funeral work. Now a dozen of the farmer-prisoners were pressed to work the soil and to aid unloading the dead.
The red-beard must be at the bottom of all this. Putting his hand in his pocket he dropped the shovel with a look of interrogation. "Ya," replied the sergeant.
He soon began to notice all around him a silent and sly conspiracy to get possession of his money. A giant in a sergeant's uniform put a shovel in his hand pushing him roughly forward.
"The plot thickens." My voice shook. I reached for one of the shovels.
Aaron stepped past us with another shovel.
Do you have a shovel I can borrow?
1. dig with a shovel: dig up, scoop, load, excavate, move, delve, muck
2. digging tool: spade, scoop