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hotspur1

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɒtspəː
 
, -spə/

noun

archaic
A rash, impetuous person.
Example sentences
  • On the one hand, planters have been depicted as perennial hotspurs - hard drinking, fast-living men whose hair-trigger tempers demonstrated little foresight and generated even less systematic thought.
  • Even Rotary flourishes primarily as a Cause, as another opportunity for the Southerner to puff and prance and be a noble hotspur.
  • The King's lunacy had in the meanwhile become so manifest that Prince William had to be installed as prince regent; the royal power was now in the hands of a tractable adherent of the aristocratic clique and of the military hotspurs.

Origin

late Middle English: literally 'a person whose spur is hot from rash or constant riding'.

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Hotspur2

Line breaks: Hot|spur
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒtspəː
 
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The nickname of Sir Henry Percy (see Percy, Sir Henry).

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