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spare tire

1. A layer of excess fat around one's midsection. I think I need to lay off the junk food, because this spare tire of mine is getting a bit out of hand.
2. An unhelpful, unnecessary, unproductive, or unwanted person in a group. There are a few spare tires on this project who are really holding back our progress. Ever since John's girlfriend started hanging out with us, it's left me feeling like a spare tire.
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spare tyre

1. A layer of excess fat around one's midsection. Primarily heard in UK. I think I need to lay off the lager, because this spare tyre of mine is getting a bit out of hand.
2. An unhelpful, unnecessary, unproductive, or unwanted person in a group. Primarily heard in UK. There are a few spare tyres on this project who are really holding back our progress. Ever since John's girlfriend started hanging out with us, it's left me feeling like a spare tyre.
See also: spare, tyre

spare tire

 
1. a thickness in the waist; a roll of fat around one's waist. I've got to get rid of this spare tire. The spare tire started when I was twenty-six.
2. an unneeded person; an unproductive person. Gary is a spare tire. Send him home. You spare tires over there! Get to work.
See also: spare, tire

spare tire

Fat around one's middle, as in He's determined to lose ten pounds and that spare tire he's acquired. This expression transfers the term for an extra tire carried in cars in case of a flat tire to excess fat around the waist. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
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a spare tyre

If someone has a spare tyre, they have a large circle of fat around their waist. Note: `Tyre' is spelled `tire' in American English. He had long, wavy hair, a big diamond ring and a spare tyre around his middle.
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a ˌspare ˈtyre

(British English) (American English a ˌspare ˈtire) a roll of flesh around the waist: He went on a diet to try and lose his spare tyre.
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spare tire

1. n. a thickness in the waist; a roll of fat around one’s waist. The spare tire started when I was twenty-six.
2. n. an unneeded person; an unproductive person. Gary is a spare tire. Send him home.
See also: spare, tire
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Based on the data collected, older vehicles were more likely to have lower spare tire pressures than their newer counterparts, regardless of the ease of access to the spare tire and TPMS has a positive influence on rolling tires but not necessarily spare tires.
Instead of finding a spare tire in the trunk, he saw a tire-inflator kit, with a small air compressor and a can of sealant to use in case of a flat.
The rigid, tough outside shell is composed of fiberglass-fortified polyester--strong enough to haul a full-size spare tire on top.
Two slightly angled "arms" attach to the rim of the rear-mounted spare tire.
5 billion expansion at its Canadian manufacturing facility in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, to produce all bias convenience spare tires for North America.
These cable-driven assemblies secure spare tires to the underside of vehicles, and allow tires to be raised and lowered.
He started getting publicity for riding with the trailer that carries two bikes, dozens of spare tires, two tents, a sleeping bag, freeze-dried food, canned tuna and shakes, energy bars, vitamins, water, a knife and Gatorade, among other things.
The plants manufacture Wrangler light truck tires and convenience spare tires and ship the tires to the automaker's facility in Lafayette, IN.
Future automotive applications include lighting systems, internal and exterior trim, entertainment systems, molded body components, and such accessories as roof racks and spare tires, according to Clayton.
DETROIT - Some new Ford Ranger pickups come equipped with a 15-inch Firestone ATX tire as a spare - the same type as those involved in a nationwide recall - though both companies say the spare tires have several structural differences.
and a Certificate of Achievement for delivery for spare tires shipped from the Ontario, Calif.
A convoy of motor homes will follow the riders with supplies, spare tires, refreshments and other support items.
Personal computer, printer/fax, spare tires, workbench, and oil pan are just some of the great new accessories included in the Auto Center.
Molvar has compiled useful hints, as well, including taking two spare tires instead of one, overloading on topographic maps and being well versed in the use of a compass.
It may save the effort of having to open the hatch, but it exposes the hole to anyone with a crank who wants to do some nighttime shopping for discount spare tires.