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spike somebody's guns

to spoil someone's plans
Usage notes: In the past, soldiers put spikes (= thin, pointed pieces of metal) into their enemies' guns in order to stop them working.
The African runner spiked her guns, overtaking her in the final minute.
See also: gun, spike


1. n. a hypodermic needle; a hypodermic syringe and needle; a medicine dropper and a needle. (Drugs.) The addict caught some strange disease from a dirty spike.
2. tv. to add ether or alcohol to beer, originally by injecting it through the cork with a hypodermic needle; to add alcohol to a nonalcoholic drink. (see also spiked.) He spiked the beer with ether, which is a dangerous thing to do.
3. tv. to puncture an idea. I explained the plan, but the boss spiked it immediately.


1. mod. having to do with a drink with alcohol added; having to do with a punch with an alcoholic content. Is the punch spiked? I want some without.
2. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. I knew that Mrs. Wilmington-Thorpe was spiked when she belched like a real country thunder-boomer.
3. mod. having to do with hair that stands up straight. His spiked hair wouldn’t look so bad if it wasn’t orange.
See also: spike
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Spencer, "Does interictal spiking change prior to seizures?
A Novel spatiotemporal analysis of peri-ictal spiking to probe the relation of spikes and seizures in epilepsy," Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 42(8), 1606-1617, 2014.
For a description of quantitative estimation of working characteristics of generalized spiking neuron model it is convenient to use information theory (Stratonovich R.
Also there are n global inputs to the network on which external sensory stimuli arrive in the form of spiking patterns.
We conducted some experiments with the described memory network in the spiking pattern storing/restoring task.
CCortex is a massive spiking neuron network emulation and will mimic the human cortex, the outer layer of gray matter at the cerebral hemispheres, largely responsible for higher brain functions.
This allows CCortex to tune vast populations of neurons and the information they hold to complex spiking patterns, adding a much higher level of complexity to a highly realistic simulation.