Israel let a key regional ally slip away when it sparred with Turkey over an aid ship to the Gaza Strip last year.
John Mellencamp also sparred with the Gipper when he tried to use “Little Pink Houses” during the campaign.
The truth is that if Kael had felt Simon was important, she would have sparred with him.
After he died, they alternately allied and sparred with each other.
The two sparred over job creation and, most notably, Social Security.
They sparred for a minute longer, and then the giant had his chance.
They sparred at each other, and one of them was hit lightly upon the chest.
He was a fast, hard boxer and John had to extend himself to hold his own when they sparred for exercise at Blake's gymnasium.
It was to be a fight, and the two men now faced each other and sparred for an opening.
Jem Mace tort me dis trick w'en I sparred wid him in Liverpool.
"stout pole," c.1300, "rafter," from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch sparre, from Proto-Germanic *sparron (cf. Old English *spere "spear, lance," Old Norse sperra "rafter, beam"), from PIE root *sper- "spear, pole" (see spear (n.1)). Nautical use dates from 1640. Also borrowed in Old French as esparre, which may have been the direct source of the English word.
"shiny mineral that splits easily," 1580s, from Low German Spar, from Middle Low German *spar, sper, cognate with Old English spær- in spærstan "gypsum."
"to box," c.1400, "to strike or thrust," perhaps from Middle French esparer "to kick," from Italian sparare "to fling," from Latin ex- (see ex-) + parare "make ready, prepare," hence "ward off, parry" (see pare). Used in 17c. in reference to preliminary actions in a cock fight; figurative sense of "to dispute, bandy with words" is from 1690s. Extension to humans, with meaning "to engage in or practice boxing" is attested from 1755. Related: Sparred; sparring.