spare someone's life

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of spare someone's life

: to choose not to kill someone
  • No one knows why he spared their lives.

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

life play
  1. : the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body

  2. : a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings

  3. : an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism (see metabolism 1), growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction

  1. : of or relating to animate being

  2. : lifelong

  3. : using a living model


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