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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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Eliminating spare tyres from all vehicles would help save resources by reducing the approximately 59 million spare tyres annually.
PUNCTURES are rare these days but the last thing you want when you do have one is to find your spare tyre is flat.
In 1990, when I didn't have more spare tyres than Kwik-Fit, I lasted the entire 25 miles with him from Hull to Grimsby.
I am wearing thermal T-shirts and vests every day now to substitute the spare tyres that I have lost, while the extra padding lost from my backside is certainly being missed.
Spare tyres can be full-size or temporary, space-saving mini tyres.
POLICE today warned drivers of Land Rover Freelander to "watch their wheel" following a spate of thefts of spare tyres.
A thief with a penchant for spare tyres has been targeting Citroen cars in Coventry.
With two or three spare tyres on her well made frame the brassy TV presenter has the musical shape of the double bass.
Spare tyres were found to be in even worse condiition - 13pc had below the legal minimum tread, 34pc were damaged and 66pc were wrongly inflated.
Police believe a serial thief could be at work after ten cars had their spare tyres stolen in the past two days.
SUPERMODEL Heidi Klum proves she has no spare tyres in next year's Pirelli calendar - by posing in just a sun hat.
Spare tyres were found to be in an even worse condition - 13 per cent had below the legal minimum tread, 34 per cent were damaged and 66 per cent were wrongly inflated.
Only problem was the mechanics kept volunteering to look for the spare tyres.
An adaptor also allows the Euro Classic to be secured on 4x4s with rear wheel mounted spare tyres.
A spokesman for St John Ambulance said spare tyres are not fitted because of a lack of space.