spur

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[ spur ]
/ spɜr /

noun

verb (used with object), spurred, spur·ring.

verb (used without object), spurred, spur·ring.

to goad or urge one's horse with spurs or a spur; ride quickly.
to proceed hurriedly; press forward: We spurred onward through the night.

Idioms

    on the spur of the moment, without deliberation; impulsively; suddenly: We headed for the beach on the spur of the moment.
    win one's spurs, to achieve distinction or success for the first time; prove one's ability or worth: Our team hasn't won its spurs yet.

Origin of spur

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before 900; (noun) Middle English spure, Old English spura; cognate with Old High German sporo, Old Norse spori spur; akin to spurn; (v.) Middle English spuren, derivative of the noun
Related formsspur·less, adjectivespur·like, adjectivespur·rer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for on the spur of the moment

spur

/ (spɜː) /

noun

verb spurs, spurring or spurred

Word Origin for spur

Old English spura; related to Old Norse spori, Old High German sporo
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Medicine definitions for on the spur of the moment

spur

[ spûr ]

n.

A spine or projection from a bone.
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Science definitions for on the spur of the moment

spur

[ spûr ]

A small ridge that projects sharply from the side of a larger hill or mountain.
A projection from a bone, as on the heel of the foot.
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Idioms and Phrases with on the spur of the moment (1 of 2)

on the spur of the moment


Impulsively, without prior preparation, as in He decided to join a tour to England on the spur of the moment. This expression alludes to the goading action of a spur to a horse. [Late 1700s]

Idioms and Phrases with on the spur of the moment (2 of 2)

spur


In addition to the idiom beginning with spur

  • spur on

also see:

  • on the spur of the moment
  • win one's spurs
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