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1An extra tyre carried in a motor vehicle for use in case of a puncture.
- ‘Take water and a spare tire, and make sure that someone back at the hotel knows if you're going to try to trek all the way to the Marine landing site.’
- ‘Check your spare tire and make sure you have one.’
- ‘With all this time we spend in our vehicles you would think people would include more safety equipment in their trunks than just a jack and spare tire, but they don't.’
- ‘By Feb. 23, at least 20 truck and car tires - including spare tires mounted on the front and back of trucks - had been pierced by a sharp instrument, possibly an ice pick.’
- ‘Fifth wheel is better than spare tire in the garage.’
2informal A roll of fat round a person's waist.
stomach, abdomen, paunch, middle, midriff, girthView synonyms
- ‘I set myself a program of losing weight and getting rid of the spare tyre around the waist.’
- ‘Add two months of nearly nonstop high-calorie party fare, and it's no wonder so many of us greet spring with a spare tire around our middle.’
- ‘People with serious spare tires around their middle do win bowling tournaments.’
- ‘Men's health magazines, for example, repeatedly run exhortations containing ways to lose love handles and spare tires so their stomachs will come to resemble those featured prominently on every single self-esteem-battering cover.’
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