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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
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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.
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scythe

carried by the personification of death, used to cut life short. [Art.: Hall, 276]
See: Death
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Hobbies: Sweaty scything, horseriding on clifftops, annoying toffs.
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.
She told me that more and more people are interested in scything and are taking their courses, adding with a wry smile, that Poldark had done a lot to raise the profile of it.
Dubliner Aidan, 35, caused a stir in the first series with his topless scything scene.
LEARNING the art of scything, and tuning in to the gentle swish of its blade, encourages a certain mindfulness, according to the North Wales Wildlife Trust (NWWT).
Widely championed by people such as Prince Charles, Monty Don and Bunny Guinness, scything has been undergoing a renaissance in the UK.
IN A bizarre abdominaltwist of events, Aiden Turner's topless performance in Poldark has sparked a trend for wait for it 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.
Getting the hang of scything is like learning to ride a bike.
Scything requires a little more skill than using a lawnmower or a strimmer, but the pay-off can be rewarding.
Maybe it was the Tory Party winning a general election, or the world deal on climate change, or possibly an actor who indulged in a spot of topless scything.
Bosses said they were shocked at the frenzy when Aidan, 32, who plays Ross Poldark, stripped to the waist for a scything scene in the first series.