Origin of sparring partner
Examples from the Web for sparring partner
Bit thick, I mean to say, a sparring-partner going at him like that.
It was the fact that Bugs Butler was lowering himself to extend his powers against a sparring-partner that shocked Mr. Burrowes.
And with this poor encouragement from his trainer and sparring-partner, Trevor was forced to be content.The Gold Bat|P. G. Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for sparring partner
Idioms and Phrases with sparring partner
An individual with whom one enjoys arguing, as in Jim's my best sparring partner. This expression alludes to boxing, where since about 1900 it has denoted the person one practices or trains with. [Mid-1900s] Also see spar with.