with (something) to spare

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of with (something) to spare

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

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

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


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