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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.]


n. The act of digging, weeding, etc. with a hoe. vb. (present participle of hoe English)

Usage examples of "hoeing".

But Asey had jumped out and was making a beeline for the minister, hoeing in his garden.

I had better have been in my warm bed and asleep, considering the hoeing I must give my corn-field to-morrow, than be watching a skeary Indian and a woman.

Me and the niggers hoeing weeds was stunned by the weight of that white sky that sank so low over the mangrove in the summer, but Mister Watson was singing his old songs.

The difference in favor of superphosphate, at the time of hoeing, was very perceptible, even at some distance.

They worked in short sections, Burton hoeing a trench while Veronique followed, dropping in the potatoes at regular intervals.

After having observed the women of his clan carrying babies in cradleboards on their back while hoeing corn or carrying wood, she failed to understand how he could justify such a statement.

Shabalala dematerialized, Keogh turned his gaze back toward Orta, who was still struggling with the hoeing machine.

They would come down from those watchtowers and take our young women out from the fields when they were hoeing the maize and harvesting the sunflowers, or grab them when they were gathering mussels in the rivers.

Tapping his swagger-stick against his thigh, Peter Fungabera walked slowly down the ragged rank of villagers that his troopers had gathered in from their hoeing on the maize fields and had flushed from the huts.

At work hoeing among the 'kelk' or 'kilk,' the bright yellow charlock, the labourers stood up as the cuckoo flew over singing, and blew cuckoo back to him in their hollow fists.

He had been allowed to watch an Emergency rerun on the wardroom TV when they came in from hoeing and around six o'clock had begun jerking off constantly and without let-up, screaming Try to set the night on fire!

He was hoeing pineapple when he made this decision, and it was only two o'clock in the afternoon, but he dropped his hoe and walked in a kind of glorious daze out to the main highway and on into Kapaa, where the ostracized Hashimoto had a photograph shop and an agency for ships traveling to Japan.

Recovering from a four-month drunk, he turned fresh, if bloodshot, eyes upon the great fields of Kauai, and as he studied the swarms of Japanese women hoeing out the weeds from the red soil, he thought: "Why don't we spread paper over the whole damned field, punch holes in it where we plant the baby pineapple, and make it impossible for weeds to grow?

Hoeing in the garden on a bright, soft May day, when you are not obliged to, is nearly equal to the delight of going trouting.

I asked rather tartly, since Tracell and I were then most practicably attired in the sturdy knee breeches that even women were wearing as more durable apparel for hoeing fields and rebuilding cottages.