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spike (one's) guns

To ruin one's plans or prevent one's success. The phrase refers to the former military practice of inserting spikes into enemy guns to prevent them from firing. I'm afraid the rain has spiked our guns. We cannot hold the rally as planned.
See also: gun, spike

spike (one's) drink

To mix alcohol or drugs into someone's drink without their awareness or permission. After several students began vomiting on the dance floor, it was discovered that someone had spiked their drinks. If you're at a bar or club on your own, you need to be wary of someone spiking your drink.
See also: drink, spike

spike someone's guns

If you spike someone's guns, you do something to prevent someone's plans from succeeding. Parkers spiked their rival's guns by launching their product two months before Jones were able to do so. Note: In the past, when soldiers captured a large enemy gun which they could not move, they hammered a nail or spike into the hole where the gunpowder was put. This meant that the gunpowder could not be lit and so the gun would not work.
See also: gun, spike

spike someone's guns

take steps to thwart someone's intended course of action.
First recorded in English in the late 17th century, the expression referred literally to the practice of hammering a metal spike into a captured enemy cannon so that it could not be fired.
See also: gun, spike

spike somebody’s ˈdrink

add (more) alcohol or drugs to somebody’s drink, without their knowledge: ...I discovered later that they’d spiked my drink. That’s why I was so ill!
See also: drink, spike

spike somebody’s ˈguns

(British English) spoil somebody’s plans because you do not want them to succeed: She was jealous of David’s progress in the company, so she spiked his guns by telling the boss that David had a drinking problem.This refers to pushing a metal spike (= a thin object with a sharp point) into the enemy’s gun or cannon so that it cannot be fired.
See also: gun, spike


1. n. a hypodermic needle; a hypodermic syringe and needle; a medicine dropper and a needle. (Drugs.) The addict caught some strange disease from a dirty spike.
2. tv. to add ether or alcohol to beer, originally by injecting it through the cork with a hypodermic needle; to add alcohol to a nonalcoholic drink. (see also spiked.) He spiked the beer with ether, which is a dangerous thing to do.
3. tv. to puncture an idea. I explained the plan, but the boss spiked it immediately.


1. mod. having to do with a drink with alcohol added; having to do with a punch with an alcoholic content. Is the punch spiked? I want some without.
2. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. I knew that Mrs. Wilmington-Thorpe was spiked when she belched like a real country thunder-boomer.
3. mod. having to do with hair that stands up straight. His spiked hair wouldn’t look so bad if it wasn’t orange.
See also: spike
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Alvarez's freshman teammate, Dolly Grace Versoza, was named Second Best Outside Spiker but lost the Rookie of the Year plum to Arellano University's Nicole Ebuen.
Herbert and Spiker each went to the hospital the next day, Herbert with a cuts and a fracture under his nose, and Spiker with a cut lip and blunt trauma to the head, Robison said.
Spiker has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Lakewood Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.
I think you're going to see a full-court press when it comes time,'' Spiker said about the upcoming review by the council's Planning and Land-Use Management Committee.
Spiker, a 25-year veteran of the management consulting and human resources arenas, refined his consulting expertise at Andersen Consulting and Deloitte & Touche.
But once the UAAP starts, when I play every game, every spike, I will cherish it for my last playing year,' said Santiago, last year's Best Scorer, Best Spiker and Best Blocker.
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Granted, few of the lobbyists, consultants, flaks and money changers working around City Hall's back rooms will make out as nicely as Spiker if he can deliver on the promise of opening up our freeways to massive billboards.
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