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spare (someone's) blushes

To keep from making someone feel embarrassed or awkward. However, due to your family's great service to the crown, we will spare your blushes and not create a public scandal around this debacle. I tried sparing her blushes when she asked me to prom by saying I had no intention of going with anyone.
See also: blush, spare

spare at the spigot and spill at the bung

To be frugal with trivial matters and reckless with more significant ones. The phrase describes the incongruity of turning off water at the spigot but leaving the bung, or stopper, off the reservoir. A: "Dad never lets us turn the heat up in the winter because it's too expensive, yet he ignores any problem around the house until it becomes a major repair." B: "I know, he always spares at the spigot and spills at the bung." I know you like to spare at the spigot and spill at the bung, but you would save so much money in the long run if you got a new car, instead of repairing all these nagging issues.
See also: and, bung, spare, spill

spare (one's) feelings

To restrain from doing something that might cause someone embarrassment, discomfort, or anxiety. The teacher decided to spare my feelings and didn't tell the class who scored the lowest mark on the test. Instead of saying I didn't like her personality, I tried to spare her feelings and said that I wasn't really ready to start dating again yet.
See also: feeling, spare
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However, in a recent amendment to the Internal Revenue Manual (IRM), the IRS said it intends the noncompliance penalty to be used sparingly.
7 points in 13 minutes in Rain or Shine's first seven games before Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia decided to use him sparingly in the team's next four games, all of which ended in losses.
He said, This water provision belongs to you, the people of Tshirunzini, you will have to make sure you use it sparingly.
A big reason why Demontagnac was so sparingly used last term was his short fuse.
As Jeanne Jennings points out in the above article, "Use images sparingly, only when they advance the goals of the e-mail"--Jan White's sentiments exactly.
This locked-in, gazing-out feel is brought to the fore in Institutional, which, using only drywall, joint compound, sparingly deployed greenish- and pinkish-gray paint, and an intractable silence, exudes a far creepier sense of being surveilled than does an entire buzzing, shouting exhibition of gizmos by Julia Scher.
Some families already used soap but may have done so sparingly because of cost.
He wanted, he says, to avoid the stereotype of the white box that continues to dominate retail design, and that 'looks as if it were produced by machine'; brass, suede, dark wood and pale limestone, used sparingly, create an impression of sensuality that is all the more seductive for being restrained.
Equipment: Goggles, kick boards, fins, hand paddles, and flotation for legs used only sparingly.
Kouris's music comes and goes, sparingly, too, like melodies familiar but just out of reach of recognition.
That's why the FDA has an advisory warning that "pregnant women should avoid caffeine-containing foods and drugs, if possible, or consume them only sparingly.
The argument that the substance of a transaction should prevail over its form has been sparingly used by the courts to recast a transaction in a light unfavorable to the taxpayer; the theory was perhaps most famously employed in Gregory v.
Camurus, founded in 1992, is a drug-delivery company that specialises in formulating technologies of sparingly water soluble drug substances.
Woods, the team's second-leading rusher, played sparingly because of an ankle sprain he suffered against Notre Dame.