spar Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"spar" in British English

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sparverb [I]

uk   /spɑːr/  us   /spɑːr/ (-rr-)
to ​practise boxing, without ​hitting hard to ​argue: Frank and Jill always spar with each other at ​meetings, but really they're good ​friends.

sparnoun [C]

uk   /spɑːr/  us   /spɑːr/ specialized
a ​strongpole, ​especially one used as a mast to ​hold the ​sail on a ​ship
(Definition of spar from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sparverb [I]

 us   /spɑr/ (-rr-)
to ​practice the ​sport of ​boxing without ​hitting hard: Dexter sparred with his ​partner for about an ​hour. To spar also ​means to ​argue: Stateofficials are still sparring over ​funding.
(Definition of spar from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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