One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Use one's spurs to urge on (a horse).
- ‘When he saw the two still coming, the lone rider wheeled around and joined the others; then all six put spurs to their horses and were soon out of sight behind a higher ridge.’
- ‘He immediately put spurs to the animal and was soon far out of the way.’
- ‘Holding the reins in one hand, he set spurs to the horse, crying back, ‘I'll return tomorrow by noon.’’
- ‘The slave-hunter was badly frightened, and fearing the same marksman would draw a bead on him, he put spurs to his horse and galloped rapidly back the road he had come.’
- ‘The King and Francois put spurs to their horses and took off at a fast pace, and there was no more leisure for conversation as the rest of the party followed suit.’
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