sparring partner


: someone who helps a boxer practice : someone a boxer spars with for training
: a person that someone has serious but friendly arguments with
They have been political sparring partners for years.

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Recent Examples on the Web Grammer disappears back into his signature role, but without his one true sparring partner, Frasier feels adrift. TIME, 9 Oct. 2023 The whole thing becomes a lesson on how to give your sparring partner the right amount of rope to figuratively hang themselves. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 12 Oct. 2023 The moves included throwing punches while doing sit-ups, sparring at a fierce pace, dodging punches, and kicking her sparring partner in the abs. Korin Miller, Women's Health, 7 Sep. 2023 Skip Bayless has a new sparring partner, at least verbally. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2023 Unlike in boxing, a political sparring partner is trying to win. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, 20 July 2023 There are other casting changes, too: Bean’s schedule didn’t align with Season 2 production, and, in a familiar turn of events for Bean, his character is killed off, with Mark Bonnar introduced as a new sparring partner for Manville’s thorny matriarch Robina. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 17 July 2023 With a modern lens, however, HBO’s reboot brings more depth to the series’ supporting characters in its second and final season — in particular, Mason’s devoted legal secretary, Della Street (Juliet Rylance), and his courtroom sparring partner, district attorney Hamilton Burger (Justin Kirk). Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 June 2023 Beckham’s new teammates, including former on-field sparring partner Marlon Humphrey, took to social media to proclaim their excitement. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 11 Apr. 2023 See More

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“Sparring partner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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sparring partner

: a person with whom a boxer spars for practice during training
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