spoil

spoil
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:
Radio towers spoiled the view.
The whole show was spoiled by the lack of decent actors.
I really hope it doesn't rain that would spoil everything.
2. ) transitive to always allow a child to have or do everything they want, so that they learn to think only of themselves:
Stop saying yes all the time you're spoiling her.
spoil someone rotten (=spoil them very much): His mother spoils him rotten.
3. ) transitive to treat someone with a lot of care and kindness:
It's Mother's Day let them spoil you a little!
4. ) intransitive if food spoils, it becomes unsafe to eat because it is too old:
We'd better eat the fish before it spoils.
5. ) transitive AMERICAN to accidentally do something that makes a BALLOT PAPER unable to be read and therefore unable to be counted in an election.
be spoiled by something
to have or be able to use something that is special or unusual, so that you miss having it when it is not there:
We were spoiled by all the great restaurants we had to choose from in London it's not quite the same here.
be spoiling for a fight/conflict/clash
to want to fight or argue with someone
spoil someone's chances
to make it impossible for someone to achieve something that they could have achieved fairly easily:
A shoulder injury spoiled his chances of victory in the finals.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Spoil — (spoil), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spoiled} (spoild) or {Spoilt} (spoilt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Spoiling}.] [F. spolier, OF. espoillier, fr. L. spoliare, fr. spolium spoil. Cf. {Despoil}, {Spoliation}.] 1. To plunder; to strip by violence; to pillage; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spoil — n Spoil, plunder, booty, prize, loot, swag can mean something of value that is taken from another by force or craft. Spoil applies to the movable property of a defeated enemy, which by the custom of old time warfare belongs to the victor and of… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Spoil — Spoil, n. [Cf. OF. espoille, L. spolium.] 1. That which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty. [1913 Webster] Gentle gales, Fanning their odoriferous wings, dispense Native perfumes, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spoil — (spoil), v. i. 1. To practice plunder or robbery. [1913 Webster] Outlaws, which, lurking in woods, used to break forth to rob and spoil. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To lose the valuable qualities; to be corrupted; to decay; as, fruit will soon… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — [v1] ruin, hurt blemish, damage, debase, deface, defile, demolish, depredate, desecrate, desolate, despoil, destroy, devastate, disfigure, disgrace, harm, impair, injure, make useless, mar, mess up*, muck up*, pillage, plunder, prejudice, ravage …   New thesaurus

  • 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|er — «SPOY luhr», noun. 1. a person or thing that spoils. 2. a person who takes spoils. 3. a movable flap on the upper surface of the wing of an airplane, to help in slowing down or in decreasing lift, as in descending or landing. 4. an airflow… …   Useful english dictionary

  • spoil — I (impair) verb addle, blemish, blight, botch, break, bungle, butcher, corrumpere, corrupt, damage, damage irreparably, debase, decay, decompose, deface, defile, deform, demolish, destroy, deteriorate, dilapidate, disable, disfigure, go bad, harm …   Law dictionary

  • spoil — ► VERB (past and past part. spoilt (chiefly Brit. ) or spoiled) 1) diminish or destroy the value or quality of. 2) (of food) become unfit for eating. 3) harm the character of (a child) by being too indulgent. 4) treat with great or excessive… …   English terms dictionary

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