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spur

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1 something that arouses action or activity

  • the threat of losing its only sports franchise was the spur the city council needed to finally do something about the rising crime rate
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shot in the arm

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2 a structure that holds up or serves as a foundation for something else

  • a weak wall that might need a spur
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motive, impulse, incentive, inducement, spur, goad mean a stimulus to action. motive implies an emotion or desire operating on the will and causing it to act.
    • a motive for the crime
impulse suggests a driving power arising from personal temperament or constitution.
    • buying on impulse
incentive applies to an external influence (such as an expected reward) inciting to action.
    • a bonus was offered as an incentive
inducement suggests a motive prompted by the deliberate enticements or allurements of another.
    • offered a watch as an inducement to subscribe
spur applies to a motive that stimulates the faculties or increases energy or ardor.
    • fear was a spur to action
goad suggests a motive that keeps one going against one's will or desire.
    • thought insecurity a goad to worker efficiency

spur

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to urge or push forward with or as if with a pointed object

  • gently spurred the horse with his heels
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