pick-and-shov·​el ˈpik-ən(d)-ˈshə-vəl How to pronounce pick-and-shovel (audio)
: done with or as if with a pick and shovel : laborious

Examples of pick-and-shovel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The core operation and a smattering of pick-and-shovel prospects mined the surface gold that was easily extracted by hand from exposed late Cretaceous-period rocks that shed bits of precious minerals in flakes, nuggets and dust. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 26 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pick-and-shovel was in 1858

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“Pick-and-shovel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pick-and-shovel. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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