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British English: /spəː/
American English: /spər/

Translation of spur in French:


  • 1 [figurative] (stimulus) to be the spur for ou of something
    être la raison de quelque chose
    to act as a spur to
    être une incitation à (crime, action)
  • 2 (for horse, on dog's or cock's leg) to wear spurs
    porter des éperons
    to dig in one's spurs
    donner de l'éperon

transitive verb p prés etc -rr-

  • 1 (stimulate)
    encourager (economic growth, increase, advance)
    inciter (action, reaction, response)
    to spur somebody to something/to do
    inciter quelqu'un à quelque chose/à faire
    to spur somebody into action
    inciter quelqu'un à agir
    spurred by this event,…
    encouragé par cet événement ,…
  • 2
    éperonner (horse)
    to spur one's horse into a gallop
    éperonner son cheval et partir au galop

intransitive verb

  • [literary]
    p prés etc -rr-
    (ride hard)to spur towards something
    piquer des éperons en direction de quelque chose


on the spur of the moment

sur l'impulsion du moment
a spur-of-the-moment decision
une décision du moment

to win one's spurs

Phrasal verbs

spur forward

= → spur on

spur on

1 spur on [dated]
piquer des éperons
2 spur [something] on, spur on [something]
lancer [quelque chose] d'un coup d'éperon (horse) (towards vers)
3 spur on [somebody], spur [somebody] on
(success, good sign, legislation, government)
(fear, threat, example, hero)
to spur somebody on to greater efforts
inciter quelqu'un à redoubler d'efforts
spurred on by their success
encouragés par leur réussite
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