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Spur vs spurn

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  • A spur is 1.) a small spike attached to a boot worn by horseback riders to be used to urge their horse onward or the act of using such a spike 2.) a spike on the back of a game bird’s leg 3.) something that branches off from the main 4.) something that motivates action or the act of motivating an action. Spur may be used as a noun or a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are spurs, spurred, spurring, spurless. Spur is derived from the Old English word spura, related to the Dutch word spoor.

     

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    Spurn means to reject something or someone with contempt. Spurn is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are spurns, spurned, spurning, spurner. Spurn comes from the Old English word spurnan which means to reject, to despise.

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    The S&P 500 and the Dow scaled new highs on Thursday as JPMorgan’s strong results set an upbeat mood for earnings and spurred a rally in financial stocks. (The Globe and Mail)

    The banking regulator spurred the recent crackdown on mortgage lending to foreigners by the banks, analysts claim, a fresh sign of officials’ concern about the growing glut of apartments. (The Australian)

    A road maintenance project is scheduled to begin June 29 on Spur 80C near Staplehurst northwest of Seward, Nebraska. (The Omaha World-Herald)

    Analysts had expected Monsanto to spurn Bayer’s higher offer, with some saying around $135 to $140 a share was a more realistic price. (The Wall Street Journal)

    In today’s Washington, a firebrand conservative as dedicated to small government and low taxes as Armstrong was would surely spurn such a commission as unworthy of his time — if not an insult to his principles. (The Denver Post)

     

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