go spare

(redirected from going spare)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to going spare: went spare, gone spare
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

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!
See also: spare

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.
See also: spare

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.
See also: spare

go ˈspare

(British English, informal) be very angry: When she found the children drawing on the walls, she went spare.
See also: spare
References in periodicals archive ?
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.
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.
At half-time [against Forest] I was going spare at them to try to drag a performance out of the players and I do not want to keep managing like that any longer, standing on the touchline and screaming, driving them on, and getting upset at half-time simply to get a performance out of them.
If I had that kind of cash going spare I would definitely shell out for one of these.
If you have 40 grand going spare, then give it to Oxfam and leave V1LLA to Harry Enfield's 'considerably richer than yow' Brummie buffoon.
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 big part of it is the food waste - if there's so much food going spare, why isn't it given away to a Foodbank or a homeless shelter?
She said: "I'm going spare when you see it on the news.
But other people may have land going spare which they could share like a disused orchard.
The equaliser galvanised Blues and as memorable as the pictures were of Francis with AJ at the denouement, so was the footage of him going spare when Elleray allowed Henchoz to get away with felling Johnson at the end of the first period of extra-time.
A new company has supposed to take over on February 1, since when all the local NHS staff and chemists have been going spare yet the net result is that today my wife is on her last bottle.
One man called the Evening Telegraph to say he was moving house and had some furniture going spare, which he wanted to give.