spare someone's feelings

Definition of spare someone's feelings

  1. :  to avoid doing or saying something that will hurt someone emotionally :  to avoid upsetting someone He admitted that he hadn't told me the whole story because he wanted to spare my feelings. We pretended to like his artwork in order to spare his feelings.

Word by Word Definitions

spareplay
  1. :  to forbear to destroy, punish, or harm

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

    :  to relieve of the necessity of doing or undergoing something

  1. :  not being used

    :  held for emergency use

    :  being over and above what is needed :  superfluous

  1. :  a spare tire

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

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

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

feelingplay feelings
  1. :  the one of the basic physical senses of which the skin contains the chief end organs and of which the sensations of touch and temperature are characteristic :  touch

    :  a sensation experienced through this sense

    :  generalized bodily consciousness or sensation

  1. :  sentient, sensitive

    :  easily moved emotionally

    :  deeply felt


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