spoil for a fight

spoil for a fight
try to begin a fight, chip on his shoulder, cruising for a bruising
  

Bud was spoiling for a fight with me. He said, "You're too chicken to fight, ain't you?"


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  • spoil for — PHRASAL VERB: only cont If you are spoiling for a fight, you are very eager for it to happen. [V P n] A mob armed with guns was at the border between the two republics, spoiling for a fight …   English dictionary

  • spoil for — {v. phr.} To want something very badly; be belligerent or pugnacious about something. * /After a few drinks it became embarrassingly evident that Hal was spoiling for a fight./ Compare: HANKER AFTER, LUST FOR …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • spoil for — {v. phr.} To want something very badly; be belligerent or pugnacious about something. * /After a few drinks it became embarrassingly evident that Hal was spoiling for a fight./ Compare: HANKER AFTER, LUST FOR …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • spoil\ for — v. phr. To want something very badly; be belligerent or pugnacious about something. After a few drinks it became embarrassingly evident that Hal was spoiling for a fight. Compare: hanker after, lust for …   Словарь американских идиом

  • be spoiling for a fight — phrase to want a chance to fight or argue with someone Thesaurus: to arguehyponym arguments and arguingsynonym Main entry: spoil …   Useful english dictionary

  • spoil — [ spɔıl ] verb ** ▸ 1 make worse ▸ 2 allow child everything ▸ 3 treat someone with care ▸ 4 food: become too old ▸ 5 in election ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) transitive to affect something in a way that makes it worse, less attractive, or less enjoyable:… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • spoil — [spoil] vt. spoiled or Brit. spoilt, spoiling [ME spoilen < MFr espoillier < L spoliare, to plunder < spolium, arms taken from a defeated foe, plunder, orig., hide stripped from an animal < IE base * (s)p(h)el , to split, tear off… …   English World dictionary

  • spoil — c.1300, from O.Fr. espoillier to strip, plunder, from L. spoliare to strip of clothing, rob, from spolium armor stripped from an enemy, booty; originally skin stripped from a killed animal, from PIE *spol yo , perhaps from root *spel to split, to …   Etymology dictionary

  • spoil — spoil1 [spɔıl] v past tense and past participle spoiled also spoilt [spɔılt] BrE ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(damage)¦ 2¦(treat too kindly)¦ 3¦(treat kindly)¦ 4¦(decay)¦ 5¦(voting)¦ 6 be spoiling for a fight/argument ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1200 1300; …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fight — fight1 [ faıt ] (past tense and past participle fought [ fɔt ] ) verb *** ▸ 1 use weapons ▸ 2 hit/kick/bite each other ▸ 3 disagree/argue ▸ 4 try hard to prevent something ▸ 5 try hard to achieve something ▸ 6 try not to show/do something ▸ 7… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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