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Spoil meaning

spoil - 17 dictionary results

  1. 1. have a strong desire or urge to do something; " She is itching to start the project"; " He is spoiling for a fight"
  2. 2. make a mess of, destroy or ruin; " I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; " the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
  3. 3. To plunder; to strip by violence; to pillage; to rob; -- with of before the name of the thing taken; as, to spoil one of his goods or possession.
  4. 4. To seize by violence;; to take by force; to plunder.
  5. 5. To cause to decay and perish; to corrput; to vitiate; to mar.
  6. 6. To render useless by injury; to injure fatally; to ruin; to destroy; as, to spoil paper; to have the crops spoiled by insects; to spoil the eyes by reading.
  7. 7. To practice plunder or robbery.
  8. 8. To lose the valuable qualities; to be corrupted; to decay; as, fruit will soon spoil in warm weather.
  9. 9. That which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty.
  10. 10. Public offices and their emoluments regarded as the peculiar property of a successful party or faction, to be bestowed for its own advantage; -- commonly in the plural; as to the victor belong the spoils.
  11. 11. That which is gained by strength or effort.
  12. 12. The act or practice of plundering; robbery; aste.
  13. 13. Corruption; cause of corruption.
  14. 14. The slough, or cast skin, of a serpent or other animal.
  15. 15. Anything taken by force; pillage.
  16. 16. To become worthless; decay.
  17. 17. To render worthless; corrupt; destroy.

spoil - examples of usage

  1. I used to be afraid you'd spoil him sometimes in them days; but I guess you're glad now for every time you didn't cross him. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
  2. " You want to spoil me, Norah," said Dale, watching her. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
  3. You'll spoil half my pleasure if you don't let me pay." - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
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