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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.
See also: partner, spar
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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.
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Gordon Campbell, managing director of Spar International, said at the signing in Muscat.
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5% increase in size for the average Spar store to 5,586 sq ft-more than three times that of an average UK Spar store at 1,679 sqft.
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SPAR UK is offering lucky reporters the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel the world and report back on SPAR in countries all over the globe - 14 countries in 4 continents in 4 months
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