spur

spur
[[t]spɜ͟ː(r)[/t]]
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spurs, spurring, spurred
1) VERB If one thing spurs you to do another, it encourages you to do it.

[V n to-inf] It's the money that spurs these fishermen to risk a long ocean journey in their flimsy boats...

[V n to/into n/-ing] His friend's plight had spurred him into taking part.

Syn:
Spur on means the same as spur.

V n P Their attitude, rather than reining him back, only seemed to spur Philip on... Also V P n (not pron), V n P to-inf V n P to n Criticism can be of great use; we may not like it at the time, but it can spur us on to greater things.

2) VERB If something spurs a change or event, it makes it happen faster or sooner. [JOURNALISM]

[V n] The administration may put more emphasis on spurring economic growth...

[V n] The trade pacts will spur an exodus of US businesses to Mexico.

3) N-COUNT: usu sing, oft N to n Something that acts as a spur to something else encourages a person or organization to do that thing or makes it happen more quickly.

...a belief in competition as a spur to efficiency...

Redundancy is the spur for many to embark on new careers.

4) N-COUNT: usu pl Spurs are small metal wheels with sharp points that are attached to the heels of a rider's boots. The rider uses them to make their horse go faster.
5) N-COUNT The spur of a hill or mountain is a piece of ground which sticks out from its side.
6) PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR n If you do something on the spur of the moment, you do it suddenly, without planning it beforehand.

They admitted they had taken a vehicle on the spur of the moment...

It wasn't a spur-of-the-moment decision. We discussed it in detail beforehand.

Syn:
on impulse
7) PHRASE: V inflects If you win your spurs or earn your spurs, you achieve a particular status by proving that you can do something skilfully.

Young conductors earn their spurs in a small orchestra or opera house.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Spur — Spur: Das altgerm. Substantiv mhd. spur, spor, ahd. spor, niederl. spoor, aengl. spor, schwed. spår ist im Sinne von »Tritt, Fußabdruck« verwandt mit ahd. spurnan »spornen«, aengl. spurnan »anstoßen, verschmähen« und aisl. sporna, sperna »treten …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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