pick-and-shovel
adjective Date: 1895 done with or as if with a pick and shovel ; laborious

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  • pick-and-shovel — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ adjective : done with or as if with a pick and shovel : laborious, drudging pick and shovel routine * * * /pik euhn shuv euhl/, adj. marked by drudgery; laborious: the pick and shovel work necessary to get a political campaign… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pick-and-shovel — /pik euhn shuv euhl/, adj. marked by drudgery; laborious: the pick and shovel work necessary to get a political campaign underway. [1890 95] * * * …   Universalium

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  • Pick 'n' mix — is a common method used to sell various small items. It is most often used to sell confectionery, whereby small sweets are displayed in tubs or bins. Customers are able to select any combination of items, and using a small shovel or tongs, put… …   Wikipedia

  • shovel and pick — Cockney Rhyming Slang Nick (prison) He s spending a bit of time in the shovel …   English dialects glossary

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