- a slender, usually hollow, projection from some part of a flower, as from the calyx of the larkspur or the corolla of the violet.
- Also called spur shoot. a short shoot bearing flowers, as in fruit trees.
- a short wooden brace, usually temporary, for strengthening a post or some other part.
- any offset from a wall, as a buttress.
verb (used with object), spurred, spur·ring.
verb (used without object), spurred, spur·ring.
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OTHER WORDS FROM spurspur·less, adjectivespur·like, adjectivespur·rer, noun
British Dictionary definitions for win one's spurs
- history to earn knighthood
- to prove one's ability; gain distinction
verb spurs, spurring or spurred
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Idioms and Phrases with win one's spurs (1 of 2)
Gain a position or attain distinction through hard work or some special accomplishment. For example, After two years of freelancing, she won her spurs as a programmer and was hired for the top job. This expression originally alluded to being knighted for some act of bravery and was being used figuratively by the mid-1500s.
Idioms and Phrases with win one's spurs (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with spur
- spur on
- on the spur of the moment
- win one's spurs