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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Probably from Middle Dutch

spike

1 noun
     
spike1 [countable]
1 something long and thin with a sharp point, especially a pointed piece of metal
2 [usually singular] a sudden large increase in the number or rate of something
spike in
a spike in interest rates
3

spikes

[plural]DCC shoes with metal points on the bottom, worn by people who run races, play golf etc
4

spike heels

[plural] a pair of women's shoes with very high thin heels

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