Definition of 'spar'
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So the two often spar against men instead. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The undisputed heavyweight champion of sporting goods has continued to outshine its former sparring partner. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He won one sparring match and drew two others. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It has not been easy to get sparring partners who are two metres tall and of good quality. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Nights at ringside commenting on heavyweights who might not have measured up as sparring partners during his sovereign years? Times, Sunday Times (2008)You seem like two sparring siblings. Times, Sunday Times (2009)We must spar together one day. The Sun (2011)Talking to him is like sparring with a man who speaks as fast and smart in life as he does on screen. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It's like watching two bad boxers spar to mutual exhaustion. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Everyone stood about in the open, smoking or sparring with a friend. Somewhere East of Life (1994)There's the chance to sharpen up with a little light sparring before the heavy hitters have to be faced. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Then you have sparring partners who also want to prove a point, so sparring can just turn into a war. Times, Sunday Times (2012)I had wars with my sparring partners and didn't think about my game plan. The Sun (2012)You can say you'll get ready with sparring partners, but there is no place like a fight. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The American liked him instantly, signed him to his promotional company and used him as a sparring partner. Times, Sunday Times (2016)With the oil-rich country largely split between east and west and two administrations sparring for the throne, terror groups quietly built their empires. Times, Sunday Times (2016)A bit of training, sparring, that kind of thing. The Sun (2012)
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Translations for 'spar'
British English: spar VERB
If you spar with someone, you box using gentle blows instead of hitting your opponent hard.
With protective gear on you can spar with a partner.
Definition of spar from the Collins English Dictionary
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