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- the nickname of Sir Henry Percy (see Percy, Sir Henry)
A rash, impetuous person.
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- ‘The King's lunacy had in the meanwhile become so manifest that Prince William had to be installed as prince regent; the royal power was now in the hands of a tractable adherent of the aristocratic clique and of the military hotspurs.’
- ‘Even Rotary flourishes primarily as a Cause, as another opportunity for the Southerner to puff and prance and be a noble hotspur.’
- ‘On the one hand, planters have been depicted as perennial hotspurs - hard drinking, fast-living men whose hair-trigger tempers demonstrated little foresight and generated even less systematic thought.’
Late Middle English: literally ‘a person whose spur is hot from rash or constant riding’.
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