[Ads-l] spades (distance)

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 5 05:58:50 UTC 2018

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>
11 Dec 2007
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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St. Ives Local
Jan/Feb 2016
Once you have established your soil type, success is only a few spades away.

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

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. 

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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