to spare

In addition to what is needed, extra, left over, as in We paid our bills and still had money to spare. This expression uses spare in the sense of “leftover” or “unused,” a usage dating from the late 1500s.


Nearby words

  1. to rights,
  2. to save one's life,
  3. to say nothing of,
  4. to say the least,
  5. to some degree,
  6. to speak of,
  7. to start with,
  8. to that effect,
  9. to the best of,
  10. to the bitter end

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