They lived out their spats and quarrels in public and in the papers.
The spats tend to fade over time, as French leaders come to see how fundamental a strong partnership with Germany really is.
The sight of the umbrella alone made one feel moist, to say nothing of the spats.
Who ever heard of a goulash poet in a braid-bound cutaway and spats?
To-day, when worn by civilians in ordinary dress, they are quite short, and go by the contracted name of “spats.”
But they did frequently have spats, for both were hot-tempered and willful.
In one I attended the wedding in a bowler hat and pyjamas, with carpet slippers and spats.
He was, as usual, faultlessly attired, even down to his spats.
Fear that they are not truly loved usually paves the way for "spats."
A place where the starving feel the pangs of gluttony, and the threadbare wear opera-hats and spats.
"petty quarrel," 1804, American English, of unknown origin; perhaps somehow imitative (cf. spat "smack, slap," attested from 1823).