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ˈspȯi(-ə)ltor chiefly British spoilt ˈspȯi(-ə)lt ; spoiling
: to damage seriously : ruin
: to impair the quality or effect of
a quarrel spoiled the celebration
: to impair the disposition or character of by overindulgence or excessive praise
: to pamper excessively : coddle
archaic : to seize by force
: to lose valuable or useful qualities usually as a result of decay
the fruit spoiled
: to have an eager desire
spoiling for a fight
: to practice plunder and robbery
: plunder taken from an enemy in war or from a victim in robbery : loot
: something valuable or desirable gained through special effort or opportunism or in return for a favor —usually used in plural
: public offices made the property of a successful party —usually used in plural
: the act of damaging : harm, impairment
: earth and rock excavated or dredged
: an object damaged or flawed in the making
Verb The fight spoiled the party. The camping trip was spoiled by bad weather. Don't let one mistake spoil your day. Don't spoil your appetite by snacking too much. Exposure to air will spoil the wine. I spoiled the sauce by adding too much garlic. The milk was beginning to spoil. The hotel spoils their guests with fine dining and excellent service. She always spoils me on my birthday. You should spoil yourself with a day at the spa. Noun the bandits escaped with their lives but not with the spoils See More
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VerbDodge won't spoil the surprise by confirming if the last one will be based on the Charger or the Challenger (or maybe both), but the evidence suggests the latter is more likely. —Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 13 Feb. 2023 Farmers’ broiler chickens suffocate, and dairy products spoil. —Monica Mark, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Feb. 2023 If it is not held at a safe temperature, the food may spoil or become contaminated with bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses. —Abay Yimere, The Conversation, 19 Jan. 2023 And some new variant evolving from the Chinese outbreak could spoil 2023 for everyone else. —David Axe, Rolling Stone, 8 Jan. 2023 However, Cleveland can still spoil a potential playoff run for Washington. —cleveland, 17 Dec. 2022 So, who exactly could spoil the Astros' pursuit of a third Commissioner's Trophy? —Michael Shapiro, Chron, 12 Dec. 2022 Not to spoil all the movie magic, but to capture what was needed for M3GAN’s performance, the filmmakers relied on a real robotic prototype in some scenes while others featured a young actress, Amie Donald, in a mask and gloves. —Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Dec. 2022 As for where things go after that kiss, Kasdan won't spoil anything, except to promise more is coming in ways that are impossible to miss. —Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 1 Dec. 2022
NounSydney indie act Lime Cordiale won the Rolling Stone Readers’ Choice Award, with frontman Oli Leimbach collecting the spoils. —Lars Brandle, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2023 But now the ultimate spoils of that journey are just two wins away. —Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2023 The controversial gem was presented to Queen Victoria in 1850 as one of the spoils of war following the two Anglo-Sikh Wars and has been the subject of ownership disputes since 1947, when India gained independence from the UK. —Leena Kim, Town & Country, 18 Mar. 2023 Among the spoils the government listed are a $26.5 million mansion in New Jersey for Guo and his family, a $37 million yacht, a $3.5 million Ferrari and a pair of $35,000 mattresses. —Bob Van Voris, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2023 To the victors go the spoils. —San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2023 Share Chinese e-commerce apps are making a play for the spoils from Americans’ favorite hobby—shopping. —Jacky Wong, WSJ, 27 Feb. 2023 And what’s clear is the startup with the most affordable, durable, beautiful, biodegradable, and—this is the hard part—fossil-fuel-free material will win the spoils. —Alden Wicker, WIRED, 22 Feb. 2023 If the first wager wins, the victorious user will enjoy the spoils of a successful bet and keep the winnings. —Ian Firstenberg, Chicago Tribune, 17 Feb. 2023 See More
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