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spoil for

Be eager for, as in He's just spoiling for a fight. This idiom nearly always refers to some kind of altercation. It may allude to spoil in the sense of "deteriorate over a period of time." [Mid-1800s]
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spoil for

v.
To be eager for something, especially a fight: The drunk soccer players at the bar were spoiling for a fight.
See also: spoil