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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPURRING

In an instant he was in his saddle and spurring down the valley.

Spurring our horses to a last gallop, we rode up to the gate.

It had the effect of spurring my determination to the striking point.

What force of doom was spurring them on in this race against Life?

The prince, spurring his gallant steed, pushed on in eager pursuit.

Dickon broke his neck in spurring a blood mare beyond her paces.

How I wished that, looking round, I might but see Ludar spurring at my side!

Ye kinge with alle his courtlie trane Is spurring on your plaice to gane.

Already Chrome is spurring eagerly forward to watch the effect.

It might have made them less eager in spurring on their steeds; still, on they came.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English spura, spora (related to spurnan "to kick," see spurn), from Proto-Germanic *spuron (cf. Old Norse spori, Middle Dutch spore, Dutch spoor, Old High German sporo, German Sporn "spur"), from PIE *spere- "ankle" (see spurn).

Generalized sense of "anything that urges on, stimulus," is from late 14c. Meaning "a ridge projecting off a mountain mass" is recorded from 1650s. "Widely extended senses ... are characteristic of a horsey race." [Weekley] Expression on the spur of the moment (1801) preserves archaic phrase on the spur "in great haste" (1520s). To win one's spurs is to gain knighthood by some valorous act, gilded spurs being the distinctive mark of a knight.

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