spoil for

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]


Nearby words

  1. spodumene,
  2. spohr,
  3. spohr, ludwig,
  4. spoil,
  5. spoil bank,
  6. spoil ground,
  7. spoilage,
  8. spoiled priest,
  9. spoiler,
  10. spoiler party

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