Goad or urge ahead, as in The thought of winning a Pulitzer Prize spurred the reporter on. This expression transfers using spurs to make a horse go faster to incentives of other kinds. [Late 1500s]
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Just the hard-on before you shoot unarmed members of the public.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Three on-the-record stories from a family: a mother and her daughters who came from Phoenix.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
You just travel light with carry-on luggage, go to cities that you love, and get to hang out with all your friends.
It was a brick wall that we turned into the on-ramp of a highway.
Could the (thus far) timid trembling give way to a full-on, grand mal seizure?26 Earthquakes Later, Fracking’s Smoking Gun Is in Texas|James Joiner|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A short distance off was another ridge or spur of the mountain, widening out into almost a plateau.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
But one battalion was isolated on a spur, from which there seemed no way of escape save under a scorching flank fire.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
I drew back from the rim of Writing-On-the-Stone, that set of whispered phrases echoing in my ears.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Quentin Gray regarded the story of Kazmah as a very poor lie devised on the spur of the moment.Dope|Sax Rohmer
Kingston-on-Thames is still provincial in appearance, though now the centre of a great growth of modern suburbs.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries|Charles G. Harper