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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: truelle, from Late Latin truella, from Latin trua 'large deep spoon'


Related topics: Gardening, Tools
trow‧el [countable]
1DLGTZ a garden tool like a very small spade
2TZ a small tool with a flat blade, used for spreading cement on bricks etc

lay it on with a trowel

British English informal to say things that make something seem much better, worse etc than it really is [= exaggerate]:
'I really don't feel too good,' I croaked, laying it on with a trowel.

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