[Ads-l] spades (distance)

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 5 02:47:10 EDT 2018


Good point. The second citation clearly refers to digging. BB

> On 4 Sep 2018, at 23:23, Dave Hause <dwhause at CABLEMO.NET> wrote:
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> Since the first site is talking about ragworms as a live prey/food source for axolotls (amphibians), "a couple of spades away" implies to me that they are plentiful and easy to dig up.
> Dave Hause
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> Subject: spades (distance)
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> Based on some of the sources, this might be Irish English usage. It seems to mean “steps” or “a short distance”.
> 
> https://www.caudata.org/forum/archive/index.php/t-51810.html <https://www.caudata.org/forum/archive/index.php/t-51810.html>
> timg
> 11 Dec 2007
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> I live two minutes from the irish sea, where there is a plentiful supply of ragworms, just a couple of spades away, and...
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> https://dokumen.tips/documents/st-ives-local-janfeb-2016-edition.html <https://dokumen.tips/documents/st-ives-local-janfeb-2016-edition.html>
> St. Ives Local
> Jan/Feb 2016
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> Once you have established your soil type, success is only a few spades away.
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> http://apocalypsewriters.com/blog/2014/07/24/i-see-a-red-door/ <http://apocalypsewriters.com/blog/2014/07/24/i-see-a-red-door/>
> K. J. Joyner
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> Going to the 50’s not only steered me away from the five panel look of our door, it stepped spades away from the way the door was constructed.
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> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
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