Be eager for, as in He's just spoiling for a fight. This idiom nearly always refers to some kind of altercation. It may allude to spoil in the sense of “deteriorate over a period of time.” [Mid-1800s]
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Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
There was no mistaking this for the gaudiness and gilt of made-for-TV awards shows.
Given the potential for a cyber tit-for-tat to escalate, Obama has even more incentive to find a diplomatic solution.
Twenty-five more for-profits are on well on their way to doing the same thing.
Will Christian pharmacists, county clerks, florists, and for-profit wedding chapels really withdraw from society, as you describe?Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around|Jay Michaelson|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The result of this stock-taking shows that eleven volumes were unaccounted-for, a list of which is appended.
At this stock-taking the number unaccounted-for is twenty-two, several of which are quite recent accessions to the Library.
Edna's desire to see Mademoiselle Reisz had increased tenfold since these unlooked-for obstacles had arisen to thwart it.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
She says she ain't going to spoil her children by sparing rods when our 'upper lot' is full of 'em.Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond
If only we could obtain running powers to Limerick and carry them back to Ireland, we should have secured some of the spoil.