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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When Prince George is older, his parents will tell him the story of the one time the whole world rushed to his defence with pitchforks and tweets. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "US TV Host Apologises For Mocking Prince George's Ballet Classes," 24 Aug. 2019 The pitchforks were out before the loss to the Revolution had been final and some of them were pointed squarely at FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Spencer Richey. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati analysis: Goalkeeper Spencer Richey isn't to blame for the club's struggles," 22 July 2019 North Korean supporters slaughtered the relatives of the South Korean police and soldiers with spears and pitchforks. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "Excavating a Horror That Some Koreans Wish Would Stay Buried," 5 July 2019 If the influence of Russell Kirk, American conservatism’s founding father, provided the intellectual framework for the conference, Pat Buchanan’s pitchfork populism replaced William Buckley’s Northeastern elitism as its animating spirit. John Burtka Iv, Twin Cities, "John Burtka: Under Trump, a very different agenda for conservatives emerges," 25 July 2019 Now, the reaction to HIll’s non-discipline is muted compared to the pitchforks that came out when the audio comments were reported. Andrew Brandt, SI.com, "There’ll Be No New CBA Without an 18-Game Season," 23 July 2019 About whose argument should prevail — the business leaders focused on tourism dollars and the pitchfork-brandishing villagers calling for blood, or the scientist as the voice of reason and the police chief as the voice of caution. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "We’re afraid of sharks. But maybe we’re not afraid enough.," 9 July 2019 Well, don’t put your pitchforks into storage just yet. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: The bullpen is the Cincinnati Reds' strength. Why not use it?," 18 June 2019 The bigoted barbarians had overrun Buckingham Palace with pitchforks and torches. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "No Exit," 10 Apr. 2019

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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 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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