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Topic: SPORT

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from spur


1 verb
spar1 past tense and past participle sparred, present participle sparring [intransitive]
1DS to practise boxing with someone
spar with
He broke his nose while sparring with Vega.
2 to argue with someone but not in an unpleasant way
spar over
Senators are sparring over the health bill.
spar with
He's been sparring with the security guards.
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