pick-and-shovel

adjective

Definition of pick-and-shovel

: done with or as if with a pick and shovel : laborious

First Known Use of pick-and-shovel

1858, in the meaning defined above

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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 7 Jul. 2020.

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