verb (used with object), spoiled or spoilt, spoil·ing.
verb (used without object), spoiled or spoilt, spoil·ing.
- the emoluments and advantages of public office viewed as won by a victorious political party: the spoils of office.
- prizes won or treasures accumulated: a child's spoils brought home from a party.
Origin of spoil
SYNONYMS FOR spoil
Related formsspoil·a·ble, adjectivespoil·less, adjectiveun·spoil·a·ble, adjectiveun·spoiled, adjective
Examples from the Web for spoils
Yet instead of disbelieving that the facts will set us free, we cling to them as if they were spoils of war.
Over time, old rivalries began to deepen, particularly over the spoils of corruption.
Perhaps worst of all, this scramble for spoils raises the value of gains even as it lowers the bar for action.
Meanwhile, ISIS amassed resources, money, and heavy weapons brought back as spoils from their military victories in Iraq.
Kourtney Kardashian (Keeping Up With the Kardashians) Kourtney spoils her son, Mason, and she and her boyfriend love him a lot.TV’s Best and Worst Moms: ‘Veep,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and More|The Daily Beast Video|May 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But immediately after making this pious pact they began to distribute among themselves the spoils of war.The Jesuits, 1534-1921|Thomas J. Campbell
Mums says he spoils us, but I don't think he does, for he's very particular.The Girls and I|Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
Flushed with victory, and laden with spoils, Falstaff and his companions sat down on the grass to divide the latter.The Life Of Sir John Falstaff|Robert B. Brough
She had outwitted him at the start and borne off the spoils, but he would wrest them from her, and tame her into the bargain.The Fifth Ace|Douglas Grant
After an absence of from four to six hours, he would return well-laden with the spoils of war.Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field|Thomas W. Knox
British Dictionary definitions for spoils (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for spoils (2 of 2)
verb spoils, spoiling, spoilt or spoiled
- the act of plundering
- a strategically placed building, city, etc, captured as plunder
Word Origin for spoil
Idioms and Phrases with spoils
In addition to the idioms beginning with spoil
- spoil for
- spare the rod and spoil the child
- too many cooks spoil the broth
- to the victor belong the spoils