sparring partner


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sparring partner

An individual with whom one enjoys arguing, as in Jim's my best sparring partner. This expression alludes to boxing, where since about 1900 it has denoted the person one practices or trains with. [Mid-1900s] Also see spar with.
See also: partner, spar
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Tyson's sparring partner Kenneth Egan gifted us his gloves a few years ago.
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Witherspoon has held at different times the WBA and WBC versions of the heavyweight crown, as well as being a sparring partner of the legendary Muhammad Ali.
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I remembered Carlos from the time he was a sparring partner for Oscar (De La Hoya in 1994).
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