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spur

spur

 
 
pronunciation:
spuhr
parts of speech:
noun, verb
phrases:
on the spur of the moment
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a metal piece with a spike that is attached to the heel of a rider's boot. Spurs are used to make a horse go forward.
The rider dug his spurs into the horse's sides.
definition 2: anything that urges someone or something to action or to greater effort or speed.
My father's praise was a spur to do better in school.
synonyms:
cue
antonyms:
curb
phrase: on the spur of the moment
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: spurred, spurring, spurs
definition 1: to poke using spurs.
The rider spurred his horse to jump the fence.
similar words:
drive, press, race, speed
definition 2: to urge to act (often followed by "on").
Her support spurred me on.
synonyms:
egg, prod
antonyms:
curb, discourage, restrain
similar words:
drive, incite, lash, needle, press, prompt, provoke, rouse, stimulate
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