They have the right to demand either execution or “blood money,” a hefty ransom that spares the life of the accused.
And he spares no word for George W. Bush or Condi Rice, either.
Like a great tabloid headline, The Adventuress by N.D. Coleridge promises a lurid story that spares no detail.
That spares a decent chunk of high earners from higher taxes.
She spares no expense for state dinners or other formal events.
But when Clara spares five shillings, are we to give nothing!
He who spares the rod spoils the child, is the practical rule of their conduct.
Certain it is that he spares the memory of Corso in his great poem, and speaks kindly of his kinsmen Piccarda and Forese.
It spares the bud—why not the opened blossom, or the ripened fruit?
It spares no expense in obtaining early news, and is an especial favorite with the clubs.
Old English sparian "to refrain from harming, to allow to go free," from the source of Old English spær "sparing, frugal," from Proto-Germanic *sparaz (cf. Old Frisian sparia, Old Norse spara, Old High German sparon "to spare"). Meaning "to dispense from one's own stock" is recorded from early 13c. Related: Spared; sparing.
"kept in reserve, not used," late 14c., from spare (v.). Old English had spær "spare, frugal." In reference to time, from mid-15c.; sense of "flimsy, thin" is recorded from 1540s. Spare part is attested from 1888.
"extra thing or part," 1640s, from spare (v.). Middle English noun sense was "mercy, leniency" (early 14c.). Bowling sense of "a knocking down of all pins in two bowls" is attested from 1849, American English.