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Spade

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Why not call a spade a spade? Do not palliate sins by euphemisms.

We call a nettle but a nettle, and the faults of fools but folly,”—Shakespeare: Coriolanus, ii. 1.


“I have learned to call wickedness by its own terms: a fig a fig, and a spade a spude,”—John Knox.

Spades in cards. A corruption of the Spanish spados, pikes or swords, called by the French piques (pikes).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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