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sparring partner

1. Literally, someone with whom one practices martial arts or boxing. OK, John here is going to be your new sparring partner. He's tougher than you're used to, but he'll help your skills improve.
2. By extension, someone with whom one engages in a debate, argument, or heated discussion, especially when one enjoys doing so. I was sad to hear he wouldn't be in the class next semester—he was my favorite sparring partner during class discussions. The two have been sparring partners on the morning talk show for nearly ten years.
See also: partner, spar

spar with (one)

1. Literally, to practice against or train with one, as in boxing. I love sparring with Tom, but I've become too familiar with his personal habits in the ring, so I need to find someone new. Each time we blow the whistle, everyone in the inner circle will move to the left so you can spar with a new opponent.
2. To debate, argue, or quibble with someone (about something). Even though he was an incredibly frustrating guy, I have to admit that I'll miss sparring with him in class each week. The two candidates will spar with one another during a televised debate this coming Saturday.
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spar with someone

1. Lit. to box with someone for practice. The champ needs someone to spar with every day. Ted was sparring with his brother when the phone rang and saved him from further exertion.
2. Fig. to argue or quibble with someone. I think you really enjoy sparring with people just to irritate them. stop sparring with me! I am not here to argue.
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sparring partner

An individual with whom one enjoys arguing, as in Jim's my best sparring partner. This expression alludes to boxing, where since about 1900 it has denoted the person one practices or trains with. [Mid-1900s] Also see spar with.
See also: partner, spar

spar with

Argue or debate with, as in You'd never know they were happily married, because they're constantly sparring with each other . [Early 1600s]
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a sparring partner

Someone's sparring partner is someone they enjoy arguing with or discussing things with. My old sparring partner Chris Moyles has got the Radio 1 breakfast show in place of Sara Cox. Note: This expressing comes from boxing, where a sparring partner was someone to practise with.
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Unifiying together as SPAR Cyprus permits, the progressive independent retailers of Cyprus to maintain their independence whilst seizing the benefits of a strong international food retail brand with the scale benefits of a buying group operating on both a national and international level," the SPAR executive added.
We encourage investors and entrepreneurs who have the willingness to engage in a mutually beneficial partnership to come forward and participate in rolling out this commendable SPAR concept across the entire length and breadth of Oman.
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This is the first amongst the four Spar stores planned in Al Falah City and we will strive towards delighting the Al Falah community there, by ensuring their loyalty," said Ibrahim Al Bahar, chairman of Spar Middle East.
With the combined knowledge and support of SPAR, ADCOOPs and Khimji Ramdas, SPAR will expand rapidly in Oman," he added.
Now the company is looking for retail chains or business conglomerates that can be the licensees of Spar for an entire state, or at least in a major city, and also for individual stores that can be operated under the Spar banner.
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Although a number of retail operators are concentrating on China, Spar has adopted a different approach as it opens outlets outside of traditional major areas of focus (such as Beijing and Shanghai).
Since its launch in 1995, SPAR American Cola has become the world's fourth most popular cola brand.
Summary: SPAR Oman plans to open 21 stores in Oman by the end of 2018.
The world's largest food retailer, Spar, has opened its third supermarket at Madinat as Sultan Qaboos (MQ).
Spar International targets the Middle East for growth in 2014, further expanding its network of partners in the Mena region by signing a new Spar licence agreement for Oman with Khimji Ramdas recently.
This large-format SPAR store is located on the lower ground floor of the MGF Metropolis Mall, Gurgaon.