1893A. SmithShort Papers on S. Afr. Subjects 42The flowering of the wild chestnut..and the ripening of the fruit on the Kaffir plum, show that it is time [to] scuffle.
1894E. GlanvilleFair Colonist 115Keep the men well to their work ploughing and scoffling in the mealie-fields.
1916L.D. FlemmingFool on Veld (1933) 88Hadn’t we dug, and blown up, and schoffeled and pummelled and picked for weeks trying to remove prehistoric deposits.
1963M. KavanaghWe Merry Peasants 147James had been skoffeling (hoeing) in the vegetable garden after rain when snails in the Cape invade as armies.
1976Darling 3 Mar. 67She..hates working in the vegetable patch. ‘I can’t take a hoe and skoffel.’
1989I. VladislavićMissing 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.
1908F.C. SlaterSunburnt 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.
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