- a river in E Germany, flowing N through Berlin to the Havel River. 220 miles (354 km) long.
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- a session of considerable overindulgence, esp in drinking, squandering money, etc
- a romp
C19: perhaps changed from Scottish spreath plundered cattle, ultimately from Latin praeda booty
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Word Origin and History for spree-river
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.
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