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scythe

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Definition a tool for cutting grass that has a curved blade and a long handle that is held with both hands

Much more rarely, scythe can be used as a verb to reference the cutting of weeds or tall grasses (such as hay or wheat) with a scythe. Metaphorically, the verb form can be used to describe cutting through anything as in "scythed through the problems in less than a week."
  • fell like grass before a scythe
scythe = a tool for cutting grass that has a curved blade and a long handle that is held with both hands
  • The painting is called Peasant Woman with a Scythe.
  • The land has been in the family since they harvested with a scythe.
  • I cleaned up the tackroom and sharpened a scythe.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • scythe = tool for cutting grass
  • he began to swing his scythe with that long, even stroke that few American boys ever learn.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • scythe = a tool for cutting grass that has a curved blade and a long handle that is held with both hands
  • the old man was afraid he would cut the line with his tail which was sharp as a scythe
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • scythe = a tool for cutting grass that has a curved blade and a long handle
  • (By the way—I like this human idea of the grim reaper. I like the scythe. It amuses me.)
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • scythe = a tool for cutting grass that has a curved blade
  • The edge of the scythe shaved off my shirtsleeve and grazed my arm.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • scythe = a tool for cutting grass that has a curved blade and a long handle that is held with both hands
  • A SMALL PIECE OF TRUTH: I do not carry a sickle or scythe.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • scythe = a tool for cutting grass that has a curved blade
  • Mrs. Chism went roaring down the wagon track, scything weeds right and left.
    Ouida Sebestyen  --  Words by Heart
  • The scything had begun, and she took off her pince-nez to watch it.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • The blue-gleaming blade shore through them like a scythe through grass, and they leaped and writhed and then hung loose.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • One was noticed who had a large, glittering scythe, and who, for a long time, mowed the legs of the horses.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • And he returned to his work scything the long grass.
    Linda Sue Park  --  A Long Walk to Water
  • It's as if I were Death himself, scythe at the ready.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • "DEATH IS SWEEPING his scythe all around us, cutting down our old friends and brandishing it over us," Adams wrote a year later, in the summer of 1816.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • It was a scythe-a six-foot-long, blade curved like a crescent moon, with a wooden handle wrapped in leather.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • He had narrow shoulders, thin arms, and smooth palms that clearly showed he had never hoisted a hay bale, swung a scythe, or plowed a field.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • He mowed lawns or chopped wood or cut hillside weeds with a scythe.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • It was the pterodactyl kite and scythe which raised his arms almost to fly the marbled vaults.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes

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