spar with

spar with someone

 
1. Lit. to box with someone for practice. The champ needs someone to spar with every day. Ted was sparring with his brother when the phone rang and saved him from further exertion.
2. Fig. to argue or quibble with someone. I think you really enjoy sparring with people just to irritate them. stop sparring with me! I am not here to argue.
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spar with

Argue or debate with, as in You'd never know they were happily married, because they're constantly sparring with each other . [Early 1600s]
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It is not just SPAR customers who have noticed the difference; the improvement has been recognised by the top three wine competitions - Decanter World Wine Awards, IWC (International Wine Challenge), and IWSC (International Wine & Spirit Competition), awarding SPAR with over 70 medals for its wine collection.
It is not just SPAR customers who have noticed the difference; the improvement has been recognised by the top three wine competitions, awarding SPAR with more than 70 medals for its wine collection.
E[acute accent]"We are pleased that the NDLO has entrusted L-3 SPAR with this outer wing program," said Patrice Pelletier, president of L-3 SPAR.
This new credit facility provides SPAR with increased financial flexibility to support the company's working capital requirements, technology investments and strategic growth expansion that includes acquisitions," said Robert Brown, chairman and chief executive officer.
The field will be developed using a truss spar with slots for eight dry tree wells and the flexibility to accommodate future subsea tie-backs.
However, the overall profitability of Spar will improve on a prospective basis, and the transaction provides Spar with additional capital for future investment.