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

Translation of spur in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 1.1 on the spur of the moment
    sin pensarlo
    it was a spur-of-the-moment decision
    fue una decisión del momento
    lo decidí ( or decidió etc) sin pensarlo or de improviso
    to win o gain one's spurs
    demostrar su ( or mi etc) valía
    Example sentences
    • Openness to trade acts as a spur to efficiency, innovation, and international competitiveness generally.
    • Inequality is natural, inevitable and may even be a good thing - a spur to ambition, competition and achievement.
    • They have been cited as a spur to a recovery in business confidence, though the evidence of this is not clear-cut and, in the case of Japan, flatly contradictory.
    1.2 (stimulus) driven by the spur of ambition/passion
    acicateado or aguijoneado por la ambición/pasión
    1.3 (Zoology)
    Example sentences
    • Their well-feathered shanks had razor sharp spurs protruding ominously, and the feet were also covered in dense, thick feathers to protect the skin from the brutal cold.
  • 2 2.1 (Geography) 2.2spur (track) (of railway, road)
    Example sentences
    • The main spine would run between the existing and heavily-used west coast and east coast lines, with spurs to Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.
    • The work will also include a spur road into the new Terminal 5 at Heathrow.
    • At the airport, a system of rail spurs would connect aviation-related businesses, warehouses and cargo storage areas.
    Example sentences
    • The terrain between the spur of the mountain range and the sea is flat and thickly forested.
    • The hilltop spur has stunning views across the Severn valley.
    • It took them a week to reach the eastern spur of the Waiongona Gorge, near the present Mountain House, the last camp before the summit attempt.

transitive verb -rr-

  • 1.1 (Riding)
    (horse)
    1.2

    spur (on)

    (urge on)
    (person/team)
    this should spur them (on) to greater efforts
    esto debería estimularlos or alentarlos a esforzarse más
    spurred (on) by dreams of wealth
    aguijoneado or acicateado por sueños de riqueza
    Example sentences
    • Gregor mutters a few more obscenities and turned back in his saddle before spurring his horse forward.
    • All three spurred their horses forward at the same time.
    • He shot her a grin before spurring his horse forward.
    Example sentences
    • However, the reward of seeing the mighty Everest from Kala Pattar - a 5,545 metre adjacent peak - was incentive enough to spur us on.
    • Encouraging feedback from reviewers and reading groups is spurring Chris on.
    • He said: ‘The article really brought home how these people suffer and it spurred me on.’

intransitive verb -rr-

  • [archaic]
    apretar el paso

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