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 spoil spoil

noun

  • the act of stripping and taking by force  ( despoilation, despoilment, despoliation, spoil, spoilation, spoliation )
    the act of stripping and taking by force
  • the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it  ( spoil, spoilage, spoiling )
    the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it
     her spoiling my dress was deliberate
    her spoiling my dress was deliberate
  • (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war)  ( spoil )
    (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war)
     to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy
    to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy
  • verb

  • () make a mess of, destroy or ruin  ( ball up, blow, bobble, bodge, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, botch, botch up, bumble, bungle, fluff, fumble, mishandle, muff, screw up, flub, foul up, mess up, muck up, fuck up, louse up, spoil )
    make a mess of, destroy or ruin
     I botched the dinner and we had to eat out
    I botched the dinner and we had to eat out
     the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement
    the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement
  • () alter from the original  ( corrupt, spoil )
    alter from the original
  • () become unfit for consumption or use  ( go bad, spoil )
    become unfit for consumption or use
     the meat must be eaten before it spoils
    the meat must be eaten before it spoils
  • make imperfect  ( deflower, spoil, vitiate, impair, mar )
    make imperfect
     nothing marred her beauty
    nothing marred her beauty
  • destroy and strip of its possession  ( despoil, plunder, rape, spoil, violate )
    destroy and strip of its possession
     The soldiers raped the beautiful country
    The soldiers raped the beautiful country
  • have a strong desire or urge to do something  ( itch, spoil )
    have a strong desire or urge to do something
     She is itching to start the project
    She is itching to start the project
     He is spoiling for a fight
    He is spoiling for a fight
  • hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of  ( baffle, bilk, queer, scotch, spoil, cross, foil, frustrate, thwart )
    hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
     What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge
    What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge
     foil your opponent
    foil your opponent
  • treat with excessive indulgence  ( baby, cocker, cosset, featherbed, indulge, mollycoddle, spoil, pamper, coddle )
    treat with excessive indulgence
     grandparents often pamper the children
    grandparents often pamper the children
     Let's not mollycoddle our students!
    Let's not mollycoddle our students!