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skoffel, verb

schoffel, scoffleShow more Formerly also schoffel, scoffle, scuffle.
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch schoffelen.
Commonly used in the farming community.
a. intransitive. To work with a hoe.
1882 S. Heckford Lady Trader in Tvl 78He..had the right to order the women to weed or to scoffle, as it is called here, giving them a basket of peaches in return.
1989 I. Vladislavić Missing Persons 1The garden was veld...The way to get the grass out is to attack the roots. You can’t skoffel with a spade — it grows back. You have to work a fork in around each tuft, loosen the earth, stick a hose-pipe in among the roots, turn it on full-blast, blow the soil away.
b. transitive. To weed (a piece of land) with a hoe.
1908 F.C. Slater Sunburnt South 142I swallowed the dop as I worked and kept steadily on. And,..in three days I skoffeled a ‘land’ of potatoes which had taken my wife and three of my sons a week to do the previous year.
1991 [see kosmos].
To work with a hoe.
To weed (a piece of land) with a hoe.
Hence skoffeler noun, one who hoes; a mechanical cultivator (also attributive); skoffeling verbal noun, also scoffling, hoeing.
1904 E. London Dispatch 16 Sept. 4In the native lands, where the owner cannot rise to a 75, the scoffler is busy with the hoe.
1993 L. Grant in Weekend Post 13 Nov. 4There was a great demand for mules for ploughing and skoffeling at the moment.

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