spoil for

spoil for
{v. phr.} To want something very badly; be belligerent or pugnacious about something. * /After a few drinks it became embarrassingly evident that Hal was spoiling for a fight./ Compare: HANKER AFTER, LUST FOR.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • spoil for — Synonyms and related words: ache for, be dying for, be hurting for, clamor for, cry for, gape for, hone for, hope for, itch for, languish for, long for, lust for, pant for, pine for, sigh for, thirst for, weary for, wish for, yearn for, yen for …   Moby Thesaurus

  • spoil for — PHRASAL VERB: only cont If you are spoiling for a fight, you are very eager for it to happen. [V P n] A mob armed with guns was at the border between the two republics, spoiling for a fight …   English dictionary

  • spoil for — {v. phr.} To want something very badly; be belligerent or pugnacious about something. * /After a few drinks it became embarrassingly evident that Hal was spoiling for a fight./ Compare: HANKER AFTER, LUST FOR …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • spoil\ for — v. phr. To want something very badly; be belligerent or pugnacious about something. After a few drinks it became embarrassingly evident that Hal was spoiling for a fight. Compare: hanker after, lust for …   Словарь американских идиом

  • spoil for a fight — try to begin a fight, chip on his shoulder, cruising for a bruising    Bud was spoiling for a fight with me. He said, You re too chicken to fight, ain t you? …   English idioms

  • spoil — [[t]spɔ͟ɪl[/t]] spoils, spoiling, spoiled, spoilt (American English uses the form spoiled as the past tense and past participle. British English uses either spoiled or spoilt.) 1) VERB If you spoil something, you prevent it from being successful… …   English dictionary

  • spoil — v. (d; intr.; usu. in a progressive form) to spoil for ( to seek ) (to be spoiling for a fight) * * * [spɔɪl] (d; intr.;usu. in a progressive form) to spoil for (to be spoiling for a fight; to seek ) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • spoil — n Spoil, plunder, booty, prize, loot, swag can mean something of value that is taken from another by force or craft. Spoil applies to the movable property of a defeated enemy, which by the custom of old time warfare belongs to the victor and of… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Spoil Five — is an old game of cards, probably imported from Ireland, where it is still very popular, though the original name, according to The Compleat Gamester , was Five cards. It may probably be identified with Maw (game), a game of which James I of… …   Wikipedia

  • Spoil — Spoil, n. [Cf. OF. espoille, L. spolium.] 1. That which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty. [1913 Webster] Gentle gales, Fanning their odoriferous wings, dispense Native perfumes, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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