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spare tire

a tire used or kept available as an emergency replacement on a vehicle.
Informal. excess fat around the waistline.
1920-25 Unabridged
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spare tire

noun phrase
  1. Flab about the waist; a certain embonpoint; bulge (1925+)
  2. A superfluous and unwelcome person: I didn't come, because I knew I'd be a spare tire in that crowd (1940s+)
  3. A tedious person; a bore (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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spare tire

Fat around one's middle, as in He's determined to lose ten pounds and that spare tire he's acquired. This expression transfers the term for an extra tire carried in cars in case of a flat tire to excess fat around the waist. [ ; mid-1900s ]
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