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spare rib

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Definition of spare rib in English:

noun

(usually spare ribs)
A closely trimmed rib of pork.
Example sentences
  • Afterwards, 80 people were invited for spring rolls, spare ribs, and lemon chicken.
  • But the crowd-pleaser is lusciously roasted baby loin of pork, accompanied not only by sauerkraut and apple compote but by smoked sausage and two spare ribs.
  • Whenever I'm in crisis I just scream for Chinese spare ribs and chocolate cake.

Origin

late 16th century: probably from Middle Low German ribbesper (by transposition of the syllables), and associated with the adjective spare.

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