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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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A penalty made the score 14-6, then Hodgson scythed through for a try which Davis converted.
Dressed in white boiler suits, they erected yellow and black hazard warning signs and scythed through the "normal" crop and ripped it up by the roots, it was claimed.
McCann was dismissed after he scythed down Preston defender Sean St Ledger with a two-footed tackle in the 64th minute, while substitute Gudjonsson was sent off in the closing stages for a challenge on Neil Mellor.
Sharks' Magnus Lund grabbed the next try before Hanley scythed through for his second.
The Everton midfielder has been ruled out for around six weeks after he was scythed down by Spurs's Mauricio Taricco.
Rossi had scythed to the front from a mediocre start on his Honda, when the race was stopped on the 16th lap of 22 at Assen, Holland.
Last night 13 bodies lay smothered under the massive landslide that scythed through Gondo, crushing buildings like matchwood.
Bernard Jackman was also influential two minutes later when he burst past the first line of defence and Jos Baxendell scythed through to touch down.