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spur-of-the-moment

Occurring very suddenly, impulsively, and/or without preparation beforehand; impromptu or capricious. You've got to stop making these spur-of-the-moment decisions about your business, or you'll end up running it into the ground! It's totally out of my character to take a spur-of-the-moment trip like this, but I just needed to get out of the city for a while.

hang up (one's) spurs

To stop doing something; to retire from something. I've been at the company for 30 years, so it's time for me to hang up my spurs. You're an adult now, and you can't stay out all weekend—it's time to hang up your spurs and ditch the party scene.
See also: hang, spur, up

on the spur of the moment

Very suddenly, impulsively, and/or without preparation beforehand; in an impromptu or capricious manner. You've got to stop making decisions about your business on the spur of the moment like this, or you'll end up running it into the ground! It's totally out my character to take a trip on the spur of the moment, but I just needed to get out of the city for a while.
See also: moment, of, on, spur

earn (one's) spurs

To prove one's skill in a particular area. Once you've watched the triplets for an entire day, then you'll have earned your spurs as a caretaker, as far as I'm concerned. After getting my bachelor's degree, I earned my spurs as a teacher by working in underfunded urban schools.
See also: earn, spur

spur (one) on

To urge, encourage, goad, or incentivize someone onward in some task or activity. Likened to applying the spurs on one's boots to compel a horse to move forward or go faster. There were times where she wanted to give up, but her desire to beat her rival in the championship spurred her on. Analysts think the president's recent actions have spurred the economy on.
See also: on, spur

win (one's) spurs

To prove one's skill in a particular area and earn distinction or a good position as a result. Once you've watched the triplets for an entire day, then you'll have won your spurs as their caretaker, as far as I'm concerned. After getting my bachelor's degree, I won my spurs as a teacher by working short-term contracts in small urban schools for two years.
See also: spur, win

earn one's spurs

Fig. to prove oneself. After that rodeo, all the cowboys agreed that Sally had earned her spurs. He felt that he had earned his spurs when he received his Ph.D.
See also: earn, spur

on the spur of the moment

Fig. suddenly; spontaneously. We decided to go on the spur of the moment. I had to leave town on the spur of the moment.
See also: moment, of, on, spur

spur someone on

to urge someone onward; to egg someone on. (Fig. on applying spurs to a horse.) The crowd spurred the runners on throughout the race. The cheering spurred on the runners.
See also: on, spur

on the spur of the moment

Impulsively, without prior preparation, as in He decided to join a tour to England on the spur of the moment. This expression alludes to the goading action of a spur to a horse. [Late 1700s]
See also: moment, of, on, spur

spur on

Goad or urge ahead, as in The thought of winning a Pulitzer Prize spurred the reporter on. This expression transfers using spurs to make a horse go faster to incentives of other kinds. [Late 1500s]
See also: on, spur

win one's spurs

Gain a position or attain distinction through hard work or some special accomplishment. For example, After two years of freelancing, she won her spurs as a programmer and was hired for the top job . This expression originally alluded to being knighted for some act of bravery and was being used figuratively by the mid-1500s.
See also: spur, win

on the spur of the moment

COMMON If you do something on the spur of the moment, you do it suddenly and without planning it in advance. He decided on the spur of the moment to make the journey south to Newcastle. She asked me, on the spur of the moment, to go along with her. Note: A spur-of-the-moment action or decision is sudden and has not been planned in advance. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision. It was like, let's do something with the kids before school starts. We hadn't planned it — it was a spur-of-the-moment thing.
See also: moment, of, on, spur

earn your spurs

or

win your spurs

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If you earn your spurs or win your spurs, you show you are capable of doing something well, and can be relied on to do it well in the future. How did he earn his spurs for the toughest police job in the country? Kampelman had won his spurs as U.S. negotiator at the Madrid talks. Note: In medieval times, when a man was made a knight, he was sometimes given a pair of golden spurs.
See also: earn, spur

on the spur of the moment

on a momentary impulse; without premeditation.
1988 Rodney Hall Kisses of the Enemy Now that was a witticism, an inspiration on the spur of the moment.
See also: moment, of, on, spur

win (or earn) your spurs

gain your first distinction or honours. informal
In the Middle Ages a knight who had won his spurs had attained knighthood by performing an act of bravery: a pair of gilt spurs were the distinguishing mark of a knight.
See also: spur, win

(do something) on the ˌspur of the ˈmoment

if you do something on the spur of the moment, you do it as soon as you think of it, without planning or preparation: When they telephoned me with the offer of a job abroad, I decided on the spur of the moment to accept.It was a spur-of-the-moment decision.
See also: moment, of, on, spur

win/earn your ˈspurs

(formal) become successful or famous: You’ll win your spurs as a teacher if you can control class 5.
See also: earn, spur, win

spur on

v.
1. To urge some horse onward by the use of spurs: The knight spurred the horse on across the shallow river. I spurred on the horse as fast as it could go.
2. To stimulate or encourage someone or something: Low gas prices spurred on the booming economy. We never could have finished the project if our boss hadn't spurred us on.
See also: on, spur
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In almond spurs, flower formation was closely related to spur leaf area in the previous year (PYSLA) (fig.
Donat, [2] maximum length of spur dike should be between 10 to 20 percent of the width of channel.
A method has been devised for predicting code spurs where, through careful choice of active codes, it is possible to position unwanted spurs to project onto unused codes in the code domain rather than onto the active codes upon which system performance depends.
It presents spur calculations referring to the example previously treated using a standard frequency ratio spur chart.
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Brave, barnstorming centre forward hit the goals that took Spurs back to Division One in 1933.
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Beckham said: "My dad has always bought me up Man Utd orientated but my grandfather is a life-long Spurs fan.
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