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Sense: 1
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Perhaps from the sound of a blow.
Sense: 2
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: spatterdash 'spat' (17-20 centuries), from spatter + dash

spat

2 noun
     
spat2 [countable]
1 informal a short unimportant quarrel:
a marital spat
2

spats

[plural]DCC special pieces of cloth that fasten with buttons on top of a man's shoes, worn in the past

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