pitch·fork | \ˈpich-ˌfȯrk \

Definition of pitchfork 

: a long-handled fork that has two or three long somewhat curved prongs and is used especially in pitching hay

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In the story, the coach discussed, among other things, being thrown off by the Sun Devils' use of a pitchfork instead of its mascot, Sparky, as the team's primary logo. The Heat Index, azcentral, "ASU football coach Herm Edwards: Sparky, not pitchfork, should be Sun Devils' primary logo," 10 May 2018 Danielle Gibson should have been rushing home from softball practice, bounding up the stairs of her two-story family home and plastering her bedroom with pitchforks and Sparky. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Danielle Gibson overcomes knee issue to become freshman star for ASU softball," 17 May 2018 The latter two options are unpalatable to our craven political elites because they would get voted out of office, if the folks with torches and pitchforks didn’t get them first. WSJ, "Not Much Has Changed With Social Security," 14 June 2018 Suspicion of Pascal grows to a pitchfork-and-torches pitch, and Moll, as his ally and defender, is swept up in the wave. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "No beauty, just 'Beast' in this creepy British thriller," 16 May 2018 Others have expressed fears of a mob mentality, especially when the pitchforks go up immediately without due process. Benjy Hansen-bundy, Glamour, "What 1,147 Men Really Think About #MeToo," 30 May 2018 In a painting by Curry dating to 1942 entitled The Farm is a Battlefield, a farmer carrying his pitchfork marches alongside soldiers pointing rifles. Kim Sajet, Smithsonian, "How Portraiture Gave Rise to the Glamour of Guns," 23 Mar. 2018 Here was the most successful football coach in the school's history, less than month removed from a bowl game victory that cemented a rebound season, curtly denying the meat of ESPN's report and trying to stave off pitchforks. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State and the dark cloud that moved over it on Friday," 26 Jan. 2018 But privilege confers responsibility beyond itself, and one need not invoke pitchforks marching up the eighteenth fairway to show why MBA students have self-interested reasons for rethinking our ideology. John Benjamin, The New Republic, "Business Class," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of pitchfork

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pitchfork

: a tool that has two or three long, thin metal bars on a long handle and that is used for lifting hay


pitch·fork | \ˈpich-ˌfȯrk \

Kids Definition of pitchfork

: a tool having a long handle and usually two to five metal prongs that is used especially for lifting and tossing hay or straw

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