spar with

spar with
See: FENCE WITH.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • spar\ with — • fence with • spar with v To talk with (someone) as if you were fighting like a swordsman or boxer; to give skillful answers or arguments against (someone). The governor was an expert at fencing with reporters at press conferences …   Словарь американских идиом

  • spar with — See: FENCE WITH …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • spar — [[t]spɑ͟ː(r)[/t]] spars, sparring, sparred 1) V RECIP If you spar with someone, you box using fairly gentle blows instead of hitting your opponent hard, either when you are training or when you want to test how quickly your opponent reacts. [V… …   English dictionary

  • spar — spar1 [spa: US spa:r] v past tense and past participle sparred present participle sparring [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from spur] 1.) to practise ↑boxing with someone spar with ▪ He broke his nose while sparring with Vega. 2.) to argue… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spar — 1. n. 1 a stout pole esp. used for the mast, yard, etc. of a ship. 2 the main longitudinal beam of an aeroplane wing. Phrases and idioms: spar buoy a buoy made of a spar with one end moored so that the other stands up. spar deck the light upper… …   Useful english dictionary

  • spar buoy — noun a buoy made of a spar with one end moored so that the other stands up …   English new terms dictionary

  • Spar (mineralogy) — Spar is a term that is used to refer to a category of crystals that have readily discernible faces. Crystallized, earthy, and some metallic, a spar will easily break into rhomboidal, cubical, or laminated fragments with polished surfaces, but… …   Wikipedia

  • spar — spar1 [spär] n. [< MDu or MLowG, akin to OE spær(stan), gypsum, chalk] any shiny, crystalline, nonmetallic mineral that cleaves easily into chips or flakes spar2 [spär] n. [ME sparre < ON sparri or MDu sparre < IE base * sper , pole, rod …   English World dictionary

  • Spar — Spar, n. [OE. sparre; akin to D. spar, G. sparren, OHG. sparro, Dan. & Sw. sparre, Icel. sparri; of uncertain origin. [root]171. Cf. {Spar}, v. t. ] 1. (Naut.) A general term any round piece of timber used as a mast, yard, boom, or gaff. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spar buoy — Spar Spar, n. [OE. sparre; akin to D. spar, G. sparren, OHG. sparro, Dan. & Sw. sparre, Icel. sparri; of uncertain origin. [root]171. Cf. {Spar}, v. t. ] 1. (Naut.) A general term any round piece of timber used as a mast, yard, boom, or gaff.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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