noun, (used with a plural verb)
a cut of meat from the rib section, especially of pork or beef, with some meat adhering to the bones.
a dish of this meat, usually baked, roasted, or barbecued with a pungent sauce.
verb (used with object), spared, sparing. 1. to refrain from harming or destroying; leave uninjured; forbear to punish, hurt, or destroy: to spare one’s enemy. 2. to deal gently or leniently with; show consideration for: His harsh criticism spared no one. 3. to save from strain, discomfort, embarrassment, or the like, or from a particular […]
- Spare the rod and spoil the child
Discipline is necessary for good upbringing, as in She lets Richard get away with anything—spare the rod, you know. This adage appears in the Bible (Proverbs 13:24) and made its way into practically every proverb collection. It originally referred to corporal punishment. It is still quoted, often in shortened form, and today does not necessarily […]
noun 1. a tire used or kept available as an emergency replacement on a vehicle. 2. Informal. excess fat around the waistline. spanking Fat around one’s middle, as in He’s determined to lose ten pounds and that spare tire he’s acquired. This expression transfers the term for an extra tire carried in cars in case […]
- Spare tyre
noun 1. an additional tyre, usually mounted on a wheel, carried by a motor vehicle in case of puncture 2. (Brit, slang, jocular) a deposit of fat just above the waist