Be eager for, as in He’s just spoiling for a fight. This idiom nearly always refers to some kind of altercation. It may allude to spoil in the sense of “deteriorate over a period of time.” [ Mid-1800s ]
noun 1. an area within a body of water, especially in the sea, where dredged material is deposited.
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 detrimentally: Bad weather spoiled their vacation. 3. to impair, damage, or […]
noun, plural spoilsmen. 1. a person who seeks or receives a share in political spoils. 2. an advocate of the spoils system in politics. noun (pl) -men 1. (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