- 1[transitive] spike somebody/something (on something) to push a sharp piece of metal, wood, etc. into somebody/something; to injure something on a sharp point synonym stab
- 2[transitive] spike something (with something) to add alcohol, poison or a drug to somebody’s drink or food without them knowing He gave her a drink spiked with tranquillizers. (figurative) Her words were spiked with malice. She suspected that her drink had been spiked.
- 3[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.
- 4[intransitive] spike (to something) (especially North American English) to rise quickly and reach a high value The US dollar spiked to a three-month high. Word Originverb Middle English: perhaps from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch spiker, related to spoke. The verb dates from the early 17th cent.Idioms (British English) to spoil the plans of an opponent
BrE BrE//spaɪk//; NAmE NAmE//spaɪk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spike
BrE BrE//spaɪk//; NAmE NAmE//spaɪk//he / she / it spikes
BrE BrE//spaɪks//; NAmE NAmE//spaɪks//past simple spiked
BrE BrE//spaɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//spaɪkt//past participle spiked
BrE BrE//spaɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//spaɪkt//-ing form spiking
BrE BrE//ˈspaɪkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspaɪkɪŋ//