have (something) to spare

idiom

used to indicate whether someone has more than enough of (something)
He seems to have energy to spare.
I have no money to spare for such things right now.
We have very little time to spare.

Examples of have (something) to spare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The amount of time physicians have to spare on cases that are not their own, and reimbursement policies for their work, are both issues to be resolved. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 26 July 2023 Avoid getting too hot or too cold, since sweating or shivering uses calories that your body might not have to spare. Laken Brooks, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 Just getting to the courts to follow up on the case costs around $10 – an amount the family simply doesn’t have to spare. Mukelwa Hlatshwayo, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 July 2022 DeSiato has said the higher threshold comes down to, in part, how much time officers have to spare for tows. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Feb. 2022

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“Have (something) to spare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/have%20%28something%29%20to%20spare. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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