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spar

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Sport
sparspar1 /spɑː $ spɑːr/ verb (sparred, sparring) [intransitive]  1 DSto practise boxing with someonespar with He broke his nose while sparring with Vega.2 ARGUEto argue with someone but not in an unpleasant wayspar over Senators are sparring over the health bill.spar with He’s been sparring with the security guards. sparring partner
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sparForeman was cut over his right eye while sparring.The two have sparred for months over the health bill.Before Alan, it was just the two of them sparring over terms, a competition between two fiercely competitive players.Right away they were sparring, wary of each other.Bill MacCallum and Shelton have sparred with Hilderbrand for years.He has already sparred with Michael Bates on virtually all topics.
Related topics: Water
sparspar2 noun [countable]  TTWa thick pole, especially one used on a ship to support sails or ropesmast
Examples from the Corpus
sparPatiently Loi and Mark set about constructing another spar.Then a submersible pump, concealed in a sump, conveys it back up to a blockwork filter filled with Canterbury spar.The scaffolding, explains Miss Edwards in her book, was improvised from spars and oars.An old white gate with no middle spar, Rusty bikes and the door of a car.A fractional rig is set on a Proctor spar with swept-back spreaders.Strangely, one of the spars from the bed's headboard seemed to be missing.
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Verb table
spar
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyspar
he, she, itspars
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theysparred
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave sparred
he, she, ithas sparred
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad sparred
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill spar
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have sparred
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam sparring
he, she, itis sparring
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you, we, theyare sparring
Past
I, he, she, itwas sparring
you, we, theywere sparring
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been sparring
he, she, ithas been sparring
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been sparring
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be sparring
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been sparring
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