pitch·​fork | \ ˈpich-ˌfȯrk How to pronounce pitchfork (audio) \

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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But the real purpose is to serve as a heat shield—someone to roll out front when the villagers with torches and pitchforks show up at your door. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Where in the World Is Larry Page?," 30 Dec. 2018 Every post on the home page that day featured Taylor: articles about her firing, memes, pictures of her, and plenty of memes featuring pitchforks targeting Pao. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Book tells the inside story of how Reddit came to be the Internet’s “id”," 30 Dec. 2018 Social media turns national debate into an angry brawl and divides Americans into howling rabbles that tote smartphones instead of pitchforks. James A. Baker Iii, WSJ, "John McCain and the Dying Art of Political Compromise," 29 Aug. 2018 Both pitchers would bring a considerable haul, but if either is actually traded, Mets fans might storm chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon’s home with pitchforks. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Phillies' whole is greater than sum of their parts, as All-Star voting proves | Extra Innings," 9 July 2018 These episodes are unsavory occasions for voyeurism, and an apology adds nothing except a warm tingle of sanctimony for those who chase the adulterers with torches and pitchforks. Marcia Desanctis, Town & Country, "Mark Sanford, Act II," 14 Feb. 2013 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

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First Known Use of pitchfork

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pitchfork was in the 13th century

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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 How to pronounce pitchfork (audio) \

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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an enemy or opponent

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