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[spree] /spri/
a lively frolic or outing.
a bout or spell of drinking to intoxication; binge; carousal.
a period, spell, or bout of indulgence, as of a particular wish, craving, or whim:
an eating spree; a spending spree.
a period or outburst of extreme activity: the team’s scoring spree;
no motive for his killing spree.
Origin of spree
1795-1805; origin uncertain


[shprey] /ʃpreɪ/
a river in E Germany, flowing N through Berlin to the Havel River. 220 miles (354 km) long. Unabridged
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  • It was a spree I had had with the harbor, from the time I was seven until I was ten.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • He had another youth for his companion, and they both got on the "spree" in London.

    Six Years in the Prisons of England A Merchant - Anonymous
  • I shouldn't have wanted anything at Gibraltar if I could have had my spree out at Boston.

    The Lady of the Aroostook William Dean Howells
  • So it is; but it would be a spree to see what he says about the race.

    The Willoughby Captains Talbot Baines Reed
  • The story of that day's spree ought to be published as a Sunday-school tract.

British Dictionary definitions for spree


a session of considerable overindulgence, esp in drinking, squandering money, etc
a romp
Word Origin
C19: perhaps changed from Scottish spreath plundered cattle, ultimately from Latin praeda booty
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Word Origin and History for spree

frolic, drinking bout," 1804, slang, perhaps an alteration of French esprit "lively wit" (see esprit). Irish spre seems to be a loan-word from Old Norse sprakr.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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