noun, plural spoilsmen.
a person who seeks or receives a share in political spoils.
an advocate of the spoils system in politics.
noun (pl) -men
(US, politics) a person who shares in the spoils of office or advocates the spoils system
noun 1. a person whose selfish or unsportsmanlike attitudes or actions spoil the pleasure of others, as in a game or social gathering. noun 1. (informal) a person who spoils the pleasure of other people by his actions or attitudes
noun 1. the system or practice in which public offices with their emoluments and advantages are at the disposal of the victorious party for its own purposes. spoils system noun 1. (mainly US) the practice of filling appointive public offices with friends and supporters of the ruling political party Compare merit system spoils system definition […]
verb 1. a simple past tense and past participle of spoil. verb (used with object), spoiled or spoilt, spoiling. 1. to damage severely or harm (something), especially with reference to its excellence, value, usefulness, etc.: The water stain spoiled the painting. Drought spoiled the corn crop. 2. to diminish or impair the quality of; affect […]
noun 1. a city in E Washington. noun 1. a city in E Washington: commercial centre of an agricultural region. Pop: 196 624 (2003 est)