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go spare

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!
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go spare

BRITISH, 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.
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go spare

become 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.
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go ˈspare

(British English, informal) be very angry: When she found the children drawing on the walls, she went spare.
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Would you or I have anything like pounds 15,000 going spare? I suppose they could always approach Northern Rock or the Royal Bank of Scotland for an emergency loan.
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"I got a phonecall from Ireland yesterday, saying the horse was going spare if I was interested," said Dobbin.
If we have half a million quid going spare, wouldn't it be better to spend it on care for the elderly or our crumbling schools?
Well if you have PS445,000 going spare, you could buy seven retail units in Saltburn.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson claimed the poor were being "bludgeoned" by the policy of cutting housing benefit if claimants are deemed to have rooms going spare.
A Hills punter yesterday had PS5,000 each way on Justin Rose at 18-1 - wouldn't it be lovely to have that kind of dough going spare? The rest of us make do with a tenner each way - and have the other half going spare.
DRIVERS FACE DELAYS AS BUSES GET STUCK TOGETHER IN CHELMSLEY WOOD George Boyle Do you know anyone who wants a job on the buses, because after this two jobs are now going spare...
So Monday might be the right day for Pardew to give Ashley a phone call to ascertain whether there might be pounds 2m going spare to go towards a new United player!
Winners going spare Bagging a spare was a quick route to a winner, as Chris Catlin, Eddie Ahern and Shane Kelly all benefited from the travel chaos, scoring on Monashee Rock, Ashgrove Nell and Main Beach respectively.
However, the 48-year-old star has been banned from going on the show by the High Court and the room is now going spare.
If we have a million quid going spare, I'd rather see it spent on the struggling health service than an exercise in naffness.
Free nursery places going spare in city aeParents are unaware of schemeAE ONE in four children offered a free nursery place in Cardiff donot take them up, new figures have revealed.
ALL of this nonsense was interspersed with the relentless misery of Chrissie going spare, Jean going nuts, and Stacey slagging off all-comers for not knowing what "bi-polar" is.