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scythe

a manual implement for cutting grass, etc., having a long handle held with both hands and a curved sharpened blade that moves in a plane parallel to the ground

scythe

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(design engineering)
A tool with a long curved blade attached at a more or less right angle to a long handle with grips for both hands; used for cutting grass as well as grain and other crops.

scythe

carried by the personification of death, used to cut life short. [Art.: Hall, 276]
See: Death
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Scything is seen as an environmentally friendly, cost-effective way of mowing wildflower meadows or small patches of ground.
Scything with an dull blade can damage it, Leppold said, but many people do not know how to peen prior to using sharpening stones, and thus they further whittle away the blade.
Eight minutes later Mark Birch was booked for scything down Dean Holdsworth and Edwards nodded in the Andy Burgess free-kick.
Scything through the outskirts of Paris, the Grande Axe connects the western suburbs with the city centre.
They insisted Turner's macho grunts and terrible technique as he hacked at the hay tarnished the view of the usually "sedate" action of scything.
The bookings of Shaun Pejic and Pawel Abbott were fair enough for challenges on Andy Holdsworth and Darren Ferguson, while the only potential flashpoint came when Ferguson was booked for a foul on Adnan Ahmed and the Town player took retribution less than a minute later with a scything tackle from behind.
Yeovil then had Paul Terry dismissed for a professional foul on Neil Teggart, before Teggart himself was sent off for scything down Johnson.
The former Middlesbrough player will land a threegame suspension if, as expected, Dougal reports his scything challenge on Livingston's Burton O'Brien as a three-point offence.
It was all too much for Fulham's Luis Boa Morte, who was booked seconds after the spot-kick - and shown a straight red card a minute later for scything down Sinama-Pongolle.
Ljungberg was incensed by a scything tackle made by the Aston Villa centre-back.
They were scything - sorry, seething - last week when actor Aidan Turner, 31, kept his six-pack under wraps.
Team-mate Beto made the long walk in the second half after another scything tackle as co-hosts South Korea had a 1-0 victory over one of the pre-tournament favourites.