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to spare

In addition to what is needed, extra, left over, as in We paid our bills and still had money to spare. This expression uses spare in the sense of "leftover" or "unused," a usage dating from the late 1500s.
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to spare

left over.
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to ˈspare

if you have time, money, etc. to spare, you have more than you need: I’ve got absolutely no money to spare this month.We arrived at the airport with five minutes to spare.
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to spare

In addition to what is needed: We paid our bills and had money to spare.
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References in classic literature ?
If I took up my position "under the shadow of Saint Paul's," say, at ten that night, I should arrive at the place of meeting with two hours to spare, before the last stroke of the clock marked the beginning of the new month.
If my anticipations ended in misleading me, I had still three-quarters of an hour to spare before the month reached its end.
No, darling; but you are making more progress towards that saintly condition than I like; for all these two hours I have been thinking of you and wanting to catch your eye, and you were so absorbed in your devotions that you had not even a glance to spare for me - I declare it is enough to make one jealous of one's Maker - which is very wrong, you know; so don't excite such wicked passions again, for my soul's sake.
I should rejoice to see you at any time so deeply absorbed in your devotions that you had not a single thought to spare for me.
Keep her in ignorance, if you wish to spare her unnecessary anxiety, and me unnecessary distress.
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