spare (one) (something)

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spare (one) (something)

To not force one to listen to or engage in something, especially that which is tedious, dull, or unpleasant. I can see that you understand what you did wrong, so I'll spare you a lecture about it. Spare us the lurid details, James.
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spare someone something

to exempt someone from having to listen to or experience something. I'll spare you the details and get to the point. Please, spare me the story and tell me what you want.
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In the hope that it may spare someone similar distress, here, in no particular order, are ten things I've learned while hunting.
While women avoid being honest to spare someone from feeling hurt or upset and men tend to fib to save money or win an argument, the Daily Star reported.
Onions has not been involved in the middle yet, and has not played in a Test for more than a year, but may yet have compelling credentials to exploit conditions at a venue he knows so well - if England decide to spare someone else's workload.
While the RSS has yet to spare someone for the post of the organising secretary -- the link between the BJP and the RSS, just last week, former party spokesperson Sunil Bhargava wrote to party president Rajnath Singh complaining about " the cult of personality overshadowing the organisation".
SPARE someone the time to talk to them when they need advice.
As the Sun moves, you could change your mind at the last minute and spare someone the full force of what some may say they deserved.
If we can spare someone else those growing pains [we went through], we're happy to share.
Revealing how Richard wanted to spare someone the burden of a eulogy, promising to "beam down his own".
But I would like to spare someone else money on those "mammograms" and "ultrasound", which don't give the exact readings.
You might just spare someone the anguish felt today by Freda and Stephen Gilmore.
The government will not spare someone found involved in criminal activity," he stressed.
FLIC SAYS: The first thing you need to realise is that these are not "white lies" to spare someone else's feelings.