the act of stripping and taking by force the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it; "her spoiling my dress was deliberate" (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war); "to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy" become unfit for consumption or use; "the meat must be eaten before it spoils
If you say that someone is spoilt for choice or spoiled for choice, you mean that they have a great many things of the same type to choose from. At lunchtime, MPs are spoilt for choice in 26 restaurants and bars
If food spoils or if it is spoilt, it is no longer fit to be eaten. We all know that fats spoil by becoming rancid Some organisms are responsible for spoiling food and cause food poisoning
the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it; "her spoiling my dress was deliberate"
(usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war); "to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy"
The spoils of something are things that people get as a result of winning a battle or of doing something successfully. True to military tradition, the victors are now treating themselves to the spoils of war
make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
If you spoil yourself or spoil another person, you give yourself or them something nice as a treat or do something special for them. Spoil yourself with a new perfume this summer Perhaps I could employ someone to iron his shirts, but I wanted to spoil him. He was my man. = pamper
If you spoil something, you prevent it from being successful or satisfactory. It's important not to let mistakes spoil your life Peaceful summer evenings can be spoilt by mosquitoes
hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
If someone spoils their vote, they write something illegal on their voting paper, usually as a protest about the election, and their vote is not accepted. They had broadcast calls for voters to spoil their ballot papers = deface
the act of stripping and taking by force the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it; "her spoiling my dress was deliberate"
To lose the valuable qualities; to be corrupted; to decay; as, fruit will soon spoil in warm weather
To plunder; to strip by violence; to pillage; to rob; with of before the name of the thing taken; as, to spoil one of his goods or possession
Dirt or rock removed from its original location, destroying the composition of the soil in the process, as in strip-mining, dredging, or construction
If you spoil children, you give them everything they want or ask for. This is considered to have a bad effect on a child's character. Grandparents are often tempted to spoil their grandchildren whenever they come to visit. + spoilt, spoiled spoilt, spoiled A spoilt child is rarely popular with other children Oh, that child. He's so spoiled
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