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To become very angry or irritated. Primarily heard in Australia. I'm going to go spare if this traffic doesn't start moving—I have a very important job interview to get to!
go spareBRITISH, INFORMAL
1. If someone goes spare, they become extremely angry. He had arranged a mortgage on his house for three hundred thousand. Katrina would go spare if she found out.
2. If something is going spare, it is available to be used because nobody else is using it. His car is a second-hand Mercedes that was going spare after a senior executive was made redundant.
go sparebecome extremely angry or distraught. British informal
1991 Roddy Doyle The Van Remind me to replace this one…Veronica'll go spare if she goes to get it on Sunday and it's not there.