spoil for (something)

spoil for (something)

To be particularly eager or enthusiastic for something, especially a fight, disagreement, or conflict. Tom seems to spoil for a fight the moment he's in the same room as me. I just don't know what it is about me that makes him so antagonistic. We've done everything we can to reach a reasonable compromise with the other party, but they have been spoiling for an argument at every turn.
See also: for, spoil

spoiling for a fight

Especially argumentative or combative; eager to engage in an argument or a fight. My mother is just spoiling for a fight when she makes comments like those—don't let her get to you. After a week with very little sleep and a lot on my mind, I was spoiling for a fight by the time I got home.
See also: fight, for, spoil
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

spoiling for a fight

argumentative; asking for a fight. They were just spoiling for a fight, and they went outside to settle the matter. She was grouchy, and you could tell she had been spoiling for a fight all day.
See also: fight, for, spoil
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: for, spoil
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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: for, spoil
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

spoil

tv. to kill someone. It was Joel Cairo’s job to make sure that nobody got close enough to Mr. Big to spoil him.

spoiling for a fight

in. argumentative; asking for a fight. They were just spoiling for a fight, and they went outside to settle the matter.
See also: fight, for, spoil
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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