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spare (one) (something)

To not force one to listen to or engage in something, especially that which is tedious, dull, or unpleasant. I can see that you understand what you did wrong, so I'll spare you a lecture about it. Spare us the lurid details, James.
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spare someone something

to exempt someone from having to listen to or experience something. I'll spare you the details and get to the point. Please, spare me the story and tell me what you want.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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But the set itself, a huge, stark, grey, walled-in room with a tilted floor and the sparest of furniture, represented a shadow-filled abstraction of the gloomy psychological state imprisoning the characters, the tragic figure of Jenufa's stepmother, the Kostelnicka, in particular.
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Her book is not necessarily the most authoritative, but it may be the sparest, most direct, and most scholarly.
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(13) When he comes to decide whether to inform his own sons of his murderous plans and make them accomplice in it, he says, "male agis, recedis, anime: si parcis tuis, / parces et illis" (324-25; Thou leau'ste thy purpose ill my mynde: if thou thine owne [sons] forbeare, / Thou sparest him).
He ate little, possessed almost nothing, and lived in the sparest accommodations.
Rather, the artist appeared to proceed by indirection and through the sparest of formal operations in the construction and selection of the objects exhibited.