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Definition of spike verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spike
    he / she / it spikes
    past simple spiked
    -ing form spiking
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  1. 1[transitive] spike somebody/something (on something) to push a sharp piece of metal, wood, etc. into someone or something; to injure something on a sharp point synonym stab
  2. 2[transitive] spike something (with something) to add alcohol, poison, or a drug to someone's drink or food without them knowing He gave her a drink spiked with tranquilizers. (figurative) Her words were spiked with malice.
  3. 3[intransitive] spike (to something) to rise quickly and reach a high value The U.S. dollar spiked to a three-month high.
  4. 4[transitive] spike something to reject something that a person has written or said; to prevent something from happening or being made public The article was spiked for fear of legal action against the newspaper.
  5. 5[transitive] spike something (in the sport of volleyball) to hit the ball hard from a position near the net so that it moves downward and over the net
  6. 6[transitive] spike something (in football) to throw the ball to the ground with great force, in order to celebrate a touchdown He proudly spiked the ball after scoring a touchdown.
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