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Language: Old English
Origin: spura

spur

1 noun
     
spur1 [countable]
1

on the spur of the moment

suddenly, without any previous planning or thought:
We would often decide what to play on the spur of the moment.
spur-of-the-moment
2 a fact or event that makes you try harder to do something
spur to
It provided the spur to further research.
The crowd's reaction only acted as a spur.
3DSH a sharp pointed object on the heel of a rider's boot which is used to encourage a horse to go faster
4

earn/win your spurs

to show that you deserve to succeed because you have the right skills
5SG a piece of high ground which sticks out from the side of a hill or mountain
6TTTTTR a railway track or road that goes away from a main line or road

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