One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Become extremely angry or distraught.‘he'd go spare if he lost the money’
become very angry, become enraged, go into a rage, lose one's temperView synonyms
- ‘Your mother actually sent me up, she's going spare downstairs.’
- ‘Nine, Ten, and the ABC would go spare at that.’
- ‘I'm scared and I'd much prefer to stay home and watch TV but I need money and I'll go spare otherwise.’
- ‘I was shocked to see that someone had been digging badgers out - I went spare and my wife had to calm me down.’
- ‘If you were to accuse Patrick Egan or Wayne Ramsay of going spare they probably wouldn't argue with you.’
- ‘I'll be going spare, pleading with you, but you mustn't give in to me - no matter what.’
- ‘He used to go spare if anyone applied a handbrake without pressing the button on the end of the arm as he considered it the height of laziness to just pull the arm.’
- ‘Their manager was going spare on the sidelines and a few of their players were having a go at each other.’
- ‘At the time, Egan and his Chief of Staff, Michael Coutts Trotter, went spare; Egan was still railing against the Opposition's policy as late as October last year.’
- ‘The garden magpies are going spare just now, burying seeds and nuts in random places.’
- ‘‘He just went spare,’ says Dorrie, breaking down.’
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