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Definition of spree

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: an unrestrained indulgence in or outburst of an activity a buying spree also : a drunken revel : binge


geographical name
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Definition of Spree (Entry 2 of 2)

river 247 miles (397 kilometers) long in eastern Germany flowing north into the Havel River

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Synonyms for spree

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of spree in a Sentence

Noun They went on a killing spree. went on a spending spree
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After another summer spending spree Marco Silva's side were expected to mount a serious challenge for Champions League qualification, but currently sit 17th after 11 games. SI.com, "Jordan Pickford Reaches Remarkable Landmark in Everton Draw With Tottenham," 4 Nov. 2019 And despite undergoing a massive spending spree in the offseason, the Dolphins’ AFC East rival appears to be a franchise in shambles. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Kelly: Adam Gase hasn’t learned from his Dolphins tenure | Commentary," 31 Oct. 2019 Will Rhea use her severance to go on a Sidney Garber spending spree at their store on Madison? Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Why the Jewelry on Succession Is So Damn Low-Key," 15 Oct. 2019 Poland has gone on a spending spree for American arms, signing over $11bn-worth of deals for rocket launchers, Patriot air defence systems and F-35 warplanes. The Economist, "America pours a thousand more troops into Poland," 10 Oct. 2019 Welts presided over a wild spending spree by Lacob and Guber, which Welts touched on during the interview, a look back at the long and winding road that led to Chase Center. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "The real story behind the birth of Chase Center: Warriors President Rick Welts tells all," 21 Sep. 2019 The luxury spending spree resulted in $107,416 in overdraft fees on the couple’s account, according to the Gazette. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Couple allegedly spent $120,000 deposited to account in bank mistake, charged with theft," 10 Sep. 2019 Couple allegedly went on massive spending spree after $120G mistakenly added to bank account. MINDING YOUR BUSINESS British Airways grounds nearly all flights as pilots strike Stock futures point to gains to start the week. Fox News, "Pompeo on the key reason Trump called off Camp David peace talks; Trump-Legend-Teigen in Twitter spat," 9 Sep. 2019 American has been on a multi-year spending spree — nearly $30 billion in six years — to upgrade what had been an aging, inefficient fleet and to invest in things including technology and sprucing up airport lounge. David Koenig, chicagotribune.com, "As MD-80s fly into sunset, American Airlines faces headwinds," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of spree


1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spree


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The first known use of spree was in 1804

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English Language Learners Definition of spree

: a short period of time when you do a lot of something


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Kids Definition of spree

: an outburst of an activity They went on a buying spree.

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