Spur on



Goad or urge ahead, as in The thought of winning a Pulitzer Prize spurred the reporter on. This expression transfers using spurs to make a horse go faster to incentives of other kinds. [ Late 1500s ]

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  • Spurred

    adjective 1. having a spur or spurs. 2. bearing spurs or spurlike spines. noun 1. a U -shaped device that slips over and straps to the heel of a boot and has a blunt, pointed, or roweled projection at the back for use by a mounted rider to urge a horse forward. 2. anything that […]

  • Spurrey

    noun, plural spurries. 1. spurry. noun (pl) -ries 1. any of several low-growing caryophyllaceous plants of the European genus Spergula, esp S. arvensis, having whorled leaves and small white flowers



  • Spurries

    noun, plural spurries. 1. spurry. noun, plural spurries. 1. any of several plants belonging to the genus Spergula, of the pink family, especially S. arvensis, having white flowers and numerous linear leaves. 2. any of various allied or similar plants. noun (pl) -ries 1. any of several low-growing caryophyllaceous plants of the European genus Spergula, […]

  • Spurring

    noun 1. a U -shaped device that slips over and straps to the heel of a boot and has a blunt, pointed, or roweled projection at the back for use by a mounted rider to urge a horse forward. 2. anything that goads, impels, or urges, as to action, speed, or achievement. 3. climbing iron. […]



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