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1‘a spare set of keys’
extra, supplementary, additional, second, another, alternative, emergency, reserve, backup, relief, fallback, substitute, fresh, auxiliary, ancillary
North American alternate
2‘the company proposes to sell off spare land’
surplus, surplus to requirements, superfluous, too many, too much, supernumerary, excessive, in excess, going begging
redundant, not required, unnecessary, inessential, unessential, needless, unneeded, uncalled for, dispensable, disposable, expendable, unwanted, useless
3‘what do you do in your spare time?’
free, leisure, unoccupied, own
4‘a spare, bearded figure’
willowy, sylphlike, svelte, lissom, graceful, snake-hipped, rangy, clean-limbed, trim, slight, slightly built, without an ounce of fat
thin, as thin as a reed, skinny, size-zero, gaunt, attenuated, lanky, spindly
informal skin and bone
rare gracile, attenuate
1‘he could not spare any money’
afford, do without, manage without, get along without, dispense with, part with, give, let someone have, provide
2‘animal lovers launched an appeal to spare the dog’
not harm, leave uninjured, leave unhurt
be merciful to, show mercy to, have mercy on, be lenient to, deal leniently with, have pity on
pardon, grant a pardon to, excuse, leave unpunished, forgive, reprieve, release, free, let off, amnesty
informal go easy on
‘he'll go spare if you're late’
become very angry, become enraged, go into a rage, lose one's temper
get mad, go mad, go crazy, go wild, see red, go bananas, hit the roof, go through the roof, go up the wall, go off the deep end, fly off the handle, blow one's top, blow a fuse, blow a gasket, lose one's rag, go ape, flip, flip one's lid, go non-linear, go ballistic, go psycho
go crackers, do one's nut
flip one's wig, blow one's lid, blow one's stack
‘we still have a few plants to spare’
left over, left, over, remaining, unused, unneeded, not required, still available, surplus to requirements
superfluous, surplus, extra
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