with (something) to spare

Definition of with (something) to spare

  1. —used to indicate how much or how little someone has of something extra that can be used if it is needed He just got there with (only) minutes/seconds to spare. He got there with plenty of time to spare. He barely made it with no time to spare before the train pulled out.

Word by Word Definitions

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

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


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