One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she spent £185 on a pair of shoes’
pay out, lay out, expend, disburse
squander, go through, run through, waste, fritter away
informal fork out, shell out, dish out, cough up, blow, splash out, splurge, lash out
British informal stump up, blue
NZ Australian informal knock down
North American informal pony up
save, keep, hoard
2‘the whole of the morning was spent gardening’
pass, occupy, fill, take up, while away, use up
3‘I've spent hours helping him’
put in, devote, employ
4‘the storm of the previous evening had spent its force’
use up, consume, exhaust, deplete, drain
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