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spike (one's) guns

To ruin one's plans or prevent one's success. The phrase refers to the former military practice of inserting spikes into enemy guns to prevent them from firing. I'm afraid the rain has spiked our guns. We cannot hold the rally as planned.
See also: gun, spike

spike (one's) drink

To mix alcohol or drugs into someone's drink without their awareness or permission. After several students began vomiting on the dance floor, it was discovered that someone had spiked their drinks. If you're at a bar or club on your own, you need to be wary of someone spiking your drink.
See also: drink, spike

spike someone's guns

If you spike someone's guns, you do something to prevent someone's plans from succeeding. Parkers spiked their rival's guns by launching their product two months before Jones were able to do so. Note: In the past, when soldiers captured a large enemy gun which they could not move, they hammered a nail or spike into the hole where the gunpowder was put. This meant that the gunpowder could not be lit and so the gun would not work.
See also: gun, spike

spike someone's guns

take steps to thwart someone's intended course of action.
First recorded in English in the late 17th century, the expression referred literally to the practice of hammering a metal spike into a captured enemy cannon so that it could not be fired.
See also: gun, spike

spike somebody’s ˈdrink

add (more) alcohol or drugs to somebody’s drink, without their knowledge: ...I discovered later that they’d spiked my drink. That’s why I was so ill!
See also: drink, spike

spike somebody’s ˈguns

(British English) spoil somebody’s plans because you do not want them to succeed: She was jealous of David’s progress in the company, so she spiked his guns by telling the boss that David had a drinking problem.This refers to pushing a metal spike (= a thin object with a sharp point) into the enemy’s gun or cannon so that it cannot be fired.
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.
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The report of log spiking in Noti brought back memories for Rob Freres, executive vice president of Freres Lumber in Lyons.
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.
But the Safer Swansea Partnership, whose partners include the police, Swansea NHS Trust and local council representatives, made it clear drink spiking was taken extremely seriously in the city.
Marsha, in my opinion, played both boards off each other and she put through what I call pension- spiking for the rest of her team.
He or she must face the challenge of maximizing the phenomenal opportunities presented by this global boom in the midst of both post-communism political instabilities, as well as spiking oil prices.
Given this premise, Foreman can justify spiking trees as a last measure of defense--an argument to which he devotes a whole chapter.
There's no question that spiking trees is an act of vandalism, potentially, tremendously dangerous, and I don't think that's the way in which people really concerned about the environment express their concerns in a constructive way.
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.