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Hoe \Hoe\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hoed; p. pr. & vb. n. Hoeing.] [Cf. F. houer.] To cut, dig, scrape, turn, arrange, or clean, with a hoe; as, to hoe the earth in a garden; also, to clear from weeds, or to loosen or arrange the earth about, with a hoe; as, to hoe corn.

To hoe one's row, to do one's share of a job. [Colloq.]


vb. (en-past of: hoe)

Usage examples of "hoed".

He hoed all the weeds away from the long rows, and he pulled the little feathery carrot-tops, till those that were left stood two inches apart.

Father plowed between the rows, and Royal and Almanzo with hoes killed every weed that was left, and hoed around each hill of corn.

Almanzo weeded and hoed the garden, he helped mend the stone fences, he chopped wood and did the chores.

Royal and Almanzo hoed the garden, they whitewashed the henhouse, they cleaned the cows' stalls and swept the South-Barn Floor.

Hard worker, too, but it don't seem like he hoed cane for the money, it was more like he was getting the feel of our community, what was what and who was where.

Some feller would show up waving a paper that proved he owned the land we'd done the work on—damn rock-hard mound we had cleared and hacked and hoed all them long years before that city feller ever heard of southwest Florida—and a couple of sheriff's deputies right beside him to make sure them squatters got off his land quick, didn't try no mulatta tricks on this here city sonofabitch that called himself the rightful owner.

Them dark mangrove walls closing out the world, with the empty Everglades to eastward where the sun rose, and that empty Gulf out to the west where the sun set, the silence and miskeeters and the loneliness, the heavy gray of land and sea during the rains, the knowing that all you hoed and built, so much hard work and discouragement for years and years, could be washed away by storm in a single night—put that together with the fear that any stranger glimpsed around some point of river might be the man who called himself John Smith, come to take your life.

Though I gave them no manure, and did not hoe them all once, I hoed them unusual well as far as I went, and was paid for it in the end, there being in truth," as Evelyn says, "no compost or lactation whatsoever comparable to this continual motion, repastination, and turning of the mould with the spade.

He came to where Wang Lung was and he stood in silence while Wang Lung hoed a narrow line beside the broad beans he was cultivating.

He remained silent, therefore, and hoed closely about a small plant and he waited.

One of these days when the harvests are well over and the winter wheat planted and beans hoed, I will see to it.

Below gardens had been cleared and hoed so that the leafy vines of beans wound up around poles.

I’ve hoed my row and I’ve picked my cotton and I can do it again if I have to.

I’ve strug­gled for food and for money and I’ve weeded and hoed and picked cotton and I’ve even plowed until I can’t stand it another minute.

Output for a particular task may be set individually or by gang—a certain area hoed clear of weeds, for example, would be done by gang, while picking cotton or fruit would be individually graded against the preset norm.