American English

Definition of spur noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a sharp pointed object that riders sometimes wear on the heels of their boots and use to encourage their horse to go faster He dug his spurs into the horse's sides.
  2. 2[usually singular] spur (to something) a fact or an event that makes you want to do something better or more quickly His speech was a powerful spur to action. A few encouraging words might provide just the spur she needs.
  3. 3an area of high ground that sticks out from a mountain or hill
  4. 4a road or a railroad track that leads from the main road or line
  5. Idioms
    on the spur of the moment
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    suddenly, without planning in advance I phoned him up on the spur of the moment. a spur-of-the-moment decision
    win/earn your spurs (formal)
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    to achieve fame or success
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: spur