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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
First recorded in 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
  • I thought of the years I had spent with Sam—and Sue, too, seemed to me to be having a spree.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • He was having a spree with the harbor, as I had had when as small as he.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • The company consisted of half-a-dozen Irish harvesters “on the spree.”

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • This was evidently going to be a spree on a most superb scale.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
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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