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spare tire

1. A layer of excess fat around one's midsection. I think I need to lay off the junk food, because this spare tire of mine is getting a bit out of hand.
2. An unhelpful, unnecessary, unproductive, or unwanted person in a group. There are a few spare tires on this project who are really holding back our progress. Ever since John's girlfriend started hanging out with us, it's left me feeling like a spare tire.
See also: spare, tire

spare tyre

1. A layer of excess fat around one's midsection. Primarily heard in UK. I think I need to lay off the lager, because this spare tyre of mine is getting a bit out of hand.
2. An unhelpful, unnecessary, unproductive, or unwanted person in a group. Primarily heard in UK. There are a few spare tyres on this project who are really holding back our progress. Ever since John's girlfriend started hanging out with us, it's left me feeling like a spare tyre.
See also: spare, tyre

spare tire

 
1. a thickness in the waist; a roll of fat around one's waist. I've got to get rid of this spare tire. The spare tire started when I was twenty-six.
2. an unneeded person; an unproductive person. Gary is a spare tire. Send him home. You spare tires over there! Get to work.
See also: spare, tire

spare tire

Fat around one's middle, as in He's determined to lose ten pounds and that spare tire he's acquired. This expression transfers the term for an extra tire carried in cars in case of a flat tire to excess fat around the waist. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
See also: spare, tire

a spare tyre

If someone has a spare tyre, they have a large circle of fat around their waist. Note: `Tyre' is spelled `tire' in American English. He had long, wavy hair, a big diamond ring and a spare tyre around his middle.
See also: spare, tyre

a ˌspare ˈtyre

(British English) (American English a ˌspare ˈtire) a roll of flesh around the waist: He went on a diet to try and lose his spare tyre.
See also: spare, tyre

spare tire

1. n. a thickness in the waist; a roll of fat around one’s waist. The spare tire started when I was twenty-six.
2. n. an unneeded person; an unproductive person. Gary is a spare tire. Send him home.
See also: spare, tire
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While some vehicles equipped with a spare tire carry full-size spare tires, most now carry temporary spare tires.
I prefer the flat design as it makes securing large objects like tents or spare tires easy.
Toyota will conduct checks for a possible replacement of the spare tire carrier assembly at no charge.
says it's recalling more vehicles -- this time, 600,000 Sienna minivans to inspect for rust in a cable that holds the spare tire, UPI reported.
Step 7: Put the spare tire on with the air valve facing out and screw the lug nuts back on, skipping every other one, until you've gone all the way around the wheel.
That innovation allowed spare tires, already inflated and mounted on the rims, to be easily substituted for those that had gone flat.
He hopes to follow people in weight-loss programs to see if they can literally dream away the spare tire.
BoMar has a model with beveled edges and a round corner blade, but it's still not small enough or smooth enough to carry next to the spare tire above your belt.
AT 82, MATTOX REMAINS A tall, dashing figure and a serious charmer; despite a major heart operation a few years ago, groans about acquiring a spare tire (invisible to all but himself), and chronic arthritis, he moves with the agility and purposefulness of a veteran dancer.
The spare tire takes up most of the cargo area and the folding third row half-seat is uesless.
21 at the San Ysidro border crossing after officials found the drugs hidden in a spare tire of his truck.
We continue to hope our spare tire will not be used,'' Yeo said.
Our ancestors used their spare tire for nourishment when game was in short supply.
Michelin said it expects the PAX System to become an industry standard because it does not cause a car to become unstable if it goes flat, and because it eliminates the need to carry a spare tire.
PLUS THE STEERING WHEEL, THE SPARE TIRE AND ALL THE STARS YOU CAN SEE WHILE MOTORING SANS TOP.