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spare tire

a tire used or kept available as an emergency replacement on a vehicle.
Informal. excess fat around the waistline.
Origin of spare tire
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I managed to rank some one out of a spare tire and started back again.

    War in the Garden of Eden

    Kermit Roosevelt
  • Rupert was already leaning over the back, dragging free a spare tire; Gerard slipped out of his seat.

    From the Car Behind

    Eleanor M. Ingram
  • He throbbed fiercely just behind the spare tire, with his face bent down into a rich travelling cloud of gasoline exhaust.


    Christopher Morley
  • There is a step on each side of the spare tire, one man on each one.

    Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • We limped in, indeed, for we211 had had one of our frequent blowouts, and had no spare tire.

    More Tish

    Mary Roberts Rinehart
Slang definitions & phrases for spare tire

spare tire

noun phrase

  1. Flab about the waist; a certain embonpoint; bulge (1925+)
  2. A superfluous and unwelcome person: I didn't come, because I knew I'd be a spare tire in that crowd (1940s+)
  3. A tedious person; a bore (1940s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with spare tire

spare tire

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 of a flat tire to excess fat around the waist. [ ; mid-1900s ]
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