Definition Of spare


(in tenpin bowling) an act of knocking down all the pins with two consecutive rolls of the ball.

I threw a gutter ball, screwing up my spare from the frame before.

additional to what is required for ordinary use.

few people had spare cash for inessentials

an item kept in case another item of the same type is lost, broken, or worn out.

After E, above you put the kit back together and have a large box of spares left over.

give (something of which one has enough) to (someone); afford to give to.

she asked if I could spare her a dollar or two

refrain from killing, injuring, or distressing.

there was no way the men would spare her

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Example Of spare

  • A committed Catholic, Byrd was able to make his living, and his reputation, writing anthems and services in the vernacular spare style for Anglican worship.

  • After her first turn, she'd decided to get the five gutter balls out of the way and missed the first ball, then got a spare .

  • All the tunes are by the trio's leader, and are characterised by a spare elegance and melodic accessibility which never tips over into the merely saccharine.

  • And at the moment, she just couldn't spare the energy it would take to do the job properly anyway.

  • Another smallish gallery is occupied by a spare installation by Eliasson.

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