spare (someone) the details

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of spare (someone) the details

: to not tell someone all the unpleasant or boring details about something
  • "I drank too much last night and got sick." "Please, spare me the details."

Word by Word Definitions

spare play
  1. : to forbear to destroy, punish, or harm

  2. : to refrain from attacking or reprimanding with necessary or salutary severity

  3. : to relieve of the necessity of doing or undergoing something

  1. : not being used

  2. : being over and above what is needed : superfluous

  3. : not liberal or profuse : sparing

  1. : a spare tire

  2. : a duplicate (such as a key or a machine part) kept in reserve

  3. : the knocking down of all 10 pins with the first 2 balls in a frame in bowling

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

detail play details
  1. : extended treatment of or attention to particular items

  2. : a part of a whole: such as

  3. : a small and subordinate part : particular

  1. : to report minutely and distinctly : to report with close attention to small elements : specify

  2. : to assign to a particular task

  3. : to furnish with the smaller elements of design and finish


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